Nate McMillan Extended as Pacers HC

Player turned head coach Nate McMillan has reached an agreement with the Indiana Pacers to extend his contract through the 2021 season.

He carved out an excellent NBA career as a player, spending twelve seasons in the Supersonics organization where he was a two-time member of the All-Defensive Second Team. However, coaching seems to be his true calling. He stayed on with Seattle as both an assistant and head coach until 2005 when he joined “Rip City.”

McMillan has a knack for turning teams from pretenders to contenders. When he took over as the head coach for the Portland Trail Blazers, the team was coming off an abysmal season, finishing the year with a  27-55 record which was the second worst in the Western Conference.

But have no fear, “Sarge” is here.

Earning this nickname for his hard-nosed, no-nonsense coaching style, McMillan took an organization riddled with problems both on and off the court and turned them into a winning basketball team. In just four short seasons, he doubled their win total before his arrival, leading the Blazers to a 54-28 record during the 2009 NBA season.

He became head coach of the Indiana Pacers in 2013 after a few years serving as an assistant and helped establish a winning culture following the departure of Paul George. Under his watch, Victor Oladipo has exploded out of the gates, solidifying himself as one of the best scoring options in the Eastern Conference.

He holds a 90-74 record in two seasons as the Pacers’ head coach and is 568-526 in the same position overall.

Needless to say, McMillan has the vote of confidence from the Pacers’ front office and will look to propel his team to the Conference Finals as the title of the top team in the East remains wide open following LeBron James’ decision to flip conferences.

You can expect the Pacers to be legitimate contenders next season as the youthful team continues to grow.

 

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