From The Oregonian’s Jason Quick, Nate McMillan has filled out his gutted staff:
Trail Blazers legend Buck Williams will be one of three assistants to join coach Nate McMillan’s staff for the 2010-11 season, McMillan said Wednesday.
Williams will join Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka as new additions, with an official announcement coming early next week.
I’m going to reserve judgement on the latter two, particularly because I haven’t heard or read many strong opinions on either recently — that could be both good and bad — but I see no problems with Williams essentially being the big-man replacement for Maurice Lucas on staff, even if it’s in part a PR move. The Blazers have been painfully lacking in experienced big bodies in Lucas’ absence to help guys like LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden, so any addition in that area is a plus.