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Eggers: Is The End Near For Blazers Coach Nate McMillan?

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Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune writes that it is starting to look like Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan might not last the season. ------------------------- 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. ------------------------- He also drops this gem from Blazers point guard Raymond Felton. ------------------------- "Look at Jeremy Lin," Felton said. "Some people’s systems are for players. D’Antoni is one of those coaches where people excel in his offense. He’s a great offensive coach. "But I’m not going to sit here and knock anything Coach Nate has done. We’re all fighting together, trying to figure this thing out. Being his point guard, I’m with him." ------------------------- On Tuesday night, I discussed the situation facing McMillan and some of his strange behavior recently. On Wednesday, Dwight Jaynes wondered aloud whether McMillan was still calling the shots. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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