He guided this team through a tumultuous time, gave us hope, and helped bring fans back to loving the team. We went from being the least-likable, most atrocious team in basketball, to having hopes of reaching the finals, all to have it come crashing down amid personality disputes and an inability to adjust in the playoffs.
It may have been time... but we should honor what he did and what he will mean for the franchise's most up-and-down period in history.
Select comments from the official "Nate is Fired" thread -
From BlazersEdge user Saba:
"I just want to say that Nate guided the team to some really respectable seasons despite the massive adversity of recurring injuries to franchise and non-franchise players.
It took a lot of talent, commitment, and discipline for the Blazers to make the playoffs in those years, and I salute Nate for sheparding the team through those tough seasons."
From BlazersEdge user Rivetz:
"Tough decision, but had to happen.
I don’t even feel like this is a scapegoat firing. The franchise is clearly moving in a decisive direction, and a coaching change is in line with the other changes being made. Some other team will inherit a terrific coach. I think even Nate would concede that the current situation wasn’t working, and I think he would probably honestly own his share of the team’s recent disarray.
Best of luck to Sarge in his future coaching endeavors. One of the best in the NBA and certain to enjoy continued success."
"Thanks for your service Nate!
Now, beers are on me."
Select "reports" (tweets) from league sources-
From Adrian Wojnarowski:
"Kaleb Canales, who replaces McMillan, was a video guy in Portland from 2005-2009 before being promoted to assistant coach. He's 34 now."