After a report emerged Friday afternoon suggesting that Atlanta Hawks coach Nate McMillan is strongly contemplating resigning amid a disappointing 17-18 begin, the Hawks coach responded to the report previous to his crew’s sport in opposition to the Lakers.
“I learn that article briefly, I’ve by no means spoke to that reporter earlier than,” McMillan mentioned. “I feel the final two weeks he is written a pair articles with some sources in our group which are making some feedback about me, and a few issues that I’m saying and doing. Look, on the finish of the 12 months, I’ll do as I’ve at all times executed, on the finish of the season I speak with my household and see if I nonetheless have that flame, that fireplace to proceed subsequent season. That’s the tip of the season. All of us take into consideration retiring, however that is on the finish of the season. So we’ll transfer on previous that.”
Based on that response, McMillan did not actually refute the reporting from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, who additionally mentioned that McMillan’s job seems to be secure for the rest of the season if he decides in opposition to resigning. McMillan bought the job initially when the crew fired former head coach Lloyd Pierce in the course of the 2020-21 season.
Hawks CEO Steve Koonin appeared on 929 The Game in Atlanta Friday to dispute the story, calling it “trash journalism.” He went on so as to add that “This is made up stuff. I’m actually calling Shams out. It is simply hack journalism. Hack.”
Under McMillan the Hawks have struggled regardless of the offseason addition of All-Star guard Dejounte Murray. Things solely bought worse when Trae Young didn’t attend a sport following an trade at a shootaround that Young skipped to obtain therapy for an damage. McMillan reportedly informed Young that he must come off the bench or miss the sport for skipping shootaround, and Young selected the latter. Last week, McMillan shared a few of his struggles in connecting with fashionable gamers to reporters.
“I’m teaching in a distinct technology of gamers that I performed with and actually type of coached,” McMillan, who was first employed as a head coach by the Seattle Supersonics in 2000, informed reporters. “It’s totally different the way in which you talk, the way in which the sport is performed and the way they see the sport.”
The Hawks have undergone a significant entrance workplace change in latest weeks as effectively, with former common supervisor Travis Schlenk getting ran into an advisory position. Three different executives, senior adviser Rod Higgins, director of professional scouting Stephen Giles and vp of participant personnel Derek Pierce, have all been let go, in keeping with Charania. Landry Fields has taken over as common supervisor, and whereas discussions between him and McMillan have been optimistic, the crew has finally didn’t reside as much as expectations. Whether that’s now or sooner or later, it’s going to fall on the pinnacle coach.
Coaching within the fashionable NBA is essentially about constructing and sustaining relationships with famous person gamers. If McMillan cannot work with Young, the Hawks can have no selection however to reassess the viability of that partnership. And if McMillan himself doubts the connection, that reassessment may come sooner somewhat than later.
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