Nate Mcmillan Is a highly respected coach everywhere except for message boards and Oregonlive polls. The people who follow the sport professionally gave him enough votes to come in 3rd in the coach of the year polling. The folks who put together our Olympic team respect him enough to make him an assistant. In coaching searches this off season two of his assistants have been in serious consideration for head coaching positions, so clearly other teams respect his ability to work with and help develop quality coaching talent.
It is unfair to judge Mcmillan based on the teams inability to advance in the playoffs and it feels ridiculous to even have to say this. Sometimes when reading peoples critiques of Nate I can't help but wonder if people were watching the same season and playoff series I did. We won 50 games with a decimated roster and only lost in the first round because for all intents and purposes we did not have our star player. I honestly think Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan would not have had better results under these circumstances. We had an amazing year considering the problems we had.
If we can't advance next season with a healthy roster then I'll start to wonder about our coaching but until then Nate's work this season should be celebrated for it's accomplishments not doubted and maligned. If you honestly believe there is another coach who could have had the kind of success Nate had this season , winning 50 game, with the injury problems we had I would love to read your arguments as to who and why in the comments.