of the Los Angeles Times writes
that Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, who signed a two-year contract extension in March
, deserves to be mentioned on a list of "candidates in the shadows" to replace Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, who is retiring...
Nate McMillan -- Upon hearing that the Lakers might make McMillan their top choice this spring, the Portland Trail Blazers immediately gave their basketball boss a new two-year deal. I find it impossible to believe that if Buss still wanted him, he couldn't figure out a way to get him. The day the Lakers are unable to steal something from Portland is the day they cease being the Lakers.
Former Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks and former Blazers assistant Monty Williams are also listed. The first two names are Lakers guards Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher, though, so whatever.
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