Nate McMillan on Thin Ice with Owner?
Paul Allen looked ill and rather pale as he departed a room near the Trail Blazers’ locker room and took the long walk down the aisle past reporters and out of the Rose Garden Tuesday night.
It was the third straight home loss by the suddenly inept Blazers, who allowed one of the NBA’s weakest teams to run them out of their own building.
Nobody seems to be feeling it more than (Blazers coach Nate) McMillan, who in his seventh season at the Blazer helm may be on thin ice in terms of job security.
When I heard a colleague observe on a Monday radio show that McMillan could get fired before the end of the season, I thought the comment premature. Would an owner who goes an entire season without an interim general manager fire a coach at midseason? I figured if McMillan didn’t get the Blazers out of the first round of the playoffs again this year, yeah, maybe his time would come. But after watching Tuesday’s debacle, I wonder if his demise could happen sooner.