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Monday, December 6th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  7 responses

Nate McMillan Has Support of Blazers’ Front-Office

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Prior to snapping their 6-game losing streak last night against the Clippers, things were starting to look extra dicey in Portland. The players were extremely frustrated, and the coaching staff couldn’t come up with any solutions.

Nate McMillan, in particular, was especially troubled. The popular coach admitted to the media that he wasn’t getting through to his team, leading to immediate speculation that his job was in trouble.

For what it’s worth, Blazers’ president Larry Miller came out and offered public support for his embattled coach.

Blazersedge has the quotes (via the team’s official website):

The Blazers are playing hard and scrapping, just not winning. “They are playing hard. They are giving effort out there. To your point, they’re scrapping, they’re fighting. For some reason, we haven’t been able to execute in the fourth quarter. It’s not for lack of trying. If that were the case, I’d be looking at this like, ‘Hey we’ve got a really, really serious problem.’ It’s not for lack of trying. they’re trying. Just the execution hasn’t been there. But I’m confident that I know that Nate and the staff will figure out how to get these guys to execute for four quarters, not just two or three.”

What have you and Nate talked about recently and how is he doing? “I’ve been talking to Nate, he’s hanging in there, he’s doing everything he can to turn this thing around. To me, Nate is one of the best coaches in the league, without question he’s one of the best coaches in the league, and we’re fortunate to have him as our head coach here. Again, I’m confident Nate is going to figure out how to get this turned around. He’s in a pretty good mood, he’s in pretty good spirits as well as can be expected, he’s doing good.”

This season, Portland has once again been seriously bitten by the injury bug. It’s a perfectly understandable reason that the front-office can use to explain the losing to its fan base.

What is unclear at the moment, is if that’ll be enough to secure Nate McMillan’s job should the losing continue.

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  • burnt_chicken

    Look what happened when the Lakers lost Pau–no matter the tough talk, injuries can prove to be problems you can’t coach around if they happen to the wrong guys. And Portland certainly has had enough of those…

  • add

    hes one of the best coaches currently, he led and injured plagued team into the playoffs in the west, not the east

  • dma

    Blah Blah blah. Typical PR statements. Nate will not be back after this year unless we win the championship. We BARELY beat the Clippers last night after blowing a 20 point lead. Terry Porter here we come… somebody put us blazer fans out of our misery already.

  • Hammer

    Suddenly his approach of signing 1 yr contracts makes sense. Who would want 2 b stuck n the dilemma that we r in for yrs? We can’t win. We can’t stay healthy. “R pets’ heads r fallin off!” Time 2 rebuild(exasperated sigh)

  • TrailBlazing&SportingLisbon

    I like him a lot as a person, as a coach I hope this is his last year, s l o w as sh1t my team plays…and when is he gonna figure out Brandon´s not the same?! and want a coach who can teach defense and running!!!!!!!!!

  • Omar

    Shouldn’t the trainer and/or the conditioning coach go before Nate?

  • ClydeSays

    Seems like any ‘hard-nosed’ coach not named Jerry Sloan gets fired or quits when he realizes the players have stopped listening to him…

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