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Day: Blazers Coach Nate McMillan Dodges NBA Lockout Questions

James Day of humorously writes that Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was flanked by a public relations staffer at a recent high school event and answered every NBA lockout question by talking about the community.

We tried to find out what is going on by participating in a "media interview" with Blazers coach Nate McMillan on Friday at McKay High School in Salem. McMillan was on hand to congratulate students for their improvement in state test scores.

With a club public-relations executive at his side McMillan took every NBA-related question directed at him by Statesman Journal reporter Bill Poehler and answered with how important it was for him to be out in the community celebrating the success of students such as those at McKay.

Poehler was duly impressed. McMillan, he said, had stayed on message to a degree he found staggering. Discipline wins the day, as Gen. Stonewall Jackson used to say.

I believe Jackson also famously said: "By controlling your turnovers you give yourself extra bullets."

-- Ben Golliver | | Twitter