Nate McMillan Anticipated Firing
By now, Nate McMillan is over the shock. He’s past the tears. And he is done dissecting where it all went wrong this season with the Trail Blazers.
The ship ran aground and he was the captain. As a result, he will take the blame.
“I mean, we were playing some bad basketball. Something was going to happen, you just knew it,” McMillan said Tuesday in his first interview since his firing. “To sit here and think that I wasn’t going to be looked at … I wasn’t sitting here thinking I was untouchable. They made a tough decision, but they made it, and I respect that.”
Publicly, he will say the NBA lockout was the biggest factor in the demise of his team.
“If there was a year I needed the preseason, it was this year,” McMillan said. “But I get it. Regardless of what you have done in the past, in pro sports you’ve got to win.”
On Tuesday, he was still unwilling to acknowledge the widely accepted belief that his players had tuned him out and, worse yet, had stopped playing for him.
“As a group, we just hadn’t connected on the floor with each other, and that was the big thing,” McMillan said.