Originally posted by Yahoo! Sports (sports.yahoo.com)Blazers fire Nate McMillan as coach
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports 20 minutes ago
The Portland Trail Blazers have fired coach Nate McMillan, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
McMillan’s dismissal comes one day after the Blazers suffered a 42-point loss to the New York Knicks and on the same day they traded forward Gerald Wallace and center Marcus Camby. After a strong start to the season, Portland has lost seven of its past nine games.
Assistant coach Kaleb Canales has been named the Blazers’ interim coach, the source said. Canales, 34, worked in the team’s video department from 2005-09 before being promoted to assistant coach.
McMillan joined the Blazers before the 2005-06 season after five seasons as coach of the Seattle SuperSonics. He went 266-269 in seven seasons in Portland.
I was thinking through the D'Antoni thread that he'd be a great fit for Portland, but I don't think I mentioned it because I didn't think the Blazers would pull the plug on McMillan. Shows what I know.
Also the Greg Oden era has ended Click Here (espn.go.com). I feel for the guy, he seems like a good person it would have been nice to see him play one or two seasons, but the body just isn't going to cooperate.
Yeah, you have to give props to the Wolves, though. They were banged up (their starting and backup point guards done for the year) and exhausted (playing the Lakers TWO DAYS after a grueling Game 7 against the Kings) and lacked playoff experience.