Candace Buckner, last season's Blazers' beat reporter for The Columbian, now covers Indiana's redoubtable NBA team. On a recent trip to Portland, she made a point of following up post-game with former POR head coach, Nate McMillan. He told her:
"You always wonder what it’s going to be like, how people are going to receive you. When things happened here, I think everybody understood that it was time for change, including me. It wasn’t any bitter feelings toward the organization and I don’t think they really felt that way towards me (either)," McMillan said. "(But) you just don’t know. You’re kind of sweating all day… When you first walk out, you’re like, ‘what’s going to happen?’ Especially behind the visitor’s bench – what they do say to opposing coaches and players? I didn’t hear anything. Everything was good. When I walked into halftime, I heard a few people: ‘Thank you, Nate!’ and ‘Coach Mac!’ It’s still Coach Mac."
For the full piece, visit Candace's blog at the IndyStar.