The basketball world was stunned today by the Nuggets’ decision to part ways with Coach of the Year, George Karl. Since the announcement, speculation for Karl’s replacement has been rampant. One of the names mentioned?- Former Portland Trail Blazer coach, Nate McMillan. I beg your pardon, but that is not going to happen.
The Denver Nuggets have just had their best regular season record ever using a run-and-gun offense. They even led the league in points per game at a staggering 106.1. They are designed for speed and aggression.
McMillan, on the other hand, is most widely known (and criticized) for his slow, methodical offense. I’ve spent the last week or so watching the Nuggets shoot themselves in the feet- letting go of Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri, and now releasing Coach of the Year, George Karl, but I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they know what they are doing (please, for the love of basketball).
Besides, McMillan is a top contender for the coaching job in Detroit, competing against another former Blazer coach, Maurice Cheeks. Cheeks is considered the frontrunner at this point, but the Nuggets are unlikely to swoop on McMillan if he remains available. They are far more interested in the services of Brian Shaw or Lionel Hollins.
I’m monitoring Nate McMillan very closely in hopes that he lands a head coaching job soon, but let’s not jump the gun. He will end up where he fits. My point is that not every open coaching gig is available to every coach. He got sour grapes from the Felton Whinery, but a redemptive fair shake will have to wait for the right organization.