I want to start by saying I have been a huge proponent of Nate McMillan as the Blazer's head coach since we stole Mr. Sonic from Seattle. However, I'm starting to wonder how much longer his tenure will last as the Trailblazers general.
Tonight after our third quarter collapse to the Wizards, leading to a "must win" loss and 6th straight loss", Nate began his conversation with the media by stating "Obviously they are not responding to me." As aforementioned I have always supported Nate as the Trailblazers head coach. I was excited to have a coach that was defense oriented (this was Nate's strongsuit as an NBA player) and I was impressed with what he did with a dying Sonics team. Nate made a big impression in the early years of his coaching career and was a highly touted assistant for Team USA in a dominating run to the Olympic gold medal. But the comment he made to the media tonight not only says that he has lost control of his team, but I cannot tollerate a coach that will blame his team for losing a game where he comanded that team to run a BRoy ISO based third quarter. A third quarter that not only negated a 12 point first half lead, but innevitably cost the Blazers the game.
6 straight losses. Three against non-playoff teams. A statement that proves he is no longer in charge of this roster. You tell me, will Nate be with the Portland Trailblazers organization at the end of this year.
Afternote: I believe it is irrelevent but the fact Monty Williams is tearing it up down in New Orleans, after the Hornets, missed the playoffs last year (I know CP3 missed a good portion of the season), does not put Nate, or the "house clearing" of the assistant coaches in the offseason, in a good light at this critical juncture of the season.