Nate McMillan Signs Extension With Portland!
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  1. DHawes22
    Posts: 6488

    Posted 03/08/2011 11:57 AM

    Press Release-
     “With his NBA and USA Basketball track record, Nate has established himself as one of the premier minds in the game of basketball,” said Cho. “What Nate has accomplished in the last few years is truly remarkable and getting his contract extended was a top priority for the franchise and me.”
     "Over the past 12 months we have made significant investments in this team, all keenly focused on assembling the right pieces to compete this year and in the future," Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen said. "We’ve done that by adding Marcus, Wesley and most recently, Gerald and, now, I’m glad that after productive discussions, Nate is now committed to be our coach for two more years.”

    This is amazing news for the stability of our franchise. Nate has truly shown great leadership qualities as he has this team in line to make the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive year and has done so with so much adversity facing him.! Congrats Nate!
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  1. blazersforlife234
    Posts: 347

    Posted 03/08/2011 12:26 PM

    I am a fan of winning.
  1. jetman25
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    Posted 03/08/2011 12:49 PM

    Allen made the right call here!
    I am a fan of Fast Break Basketball!
  1. Lila Leathers
    Lila Leathers
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    Posted 03/08/2011 1:18 PM

    I am absolutely thrilled to have Nate McMillan for two more years.  He is a wonderful role model and coach.  Thanks.
  1. machwonder
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    Posted 03/08/2011 1:33 PM

    Nate has a sub-500 record with the Trail Blazers. The jury is still out for me on Nate. The Blazers have lost too many games at home this year. That should not happen, especially against bad teams. And the defense is poor at best. This comes down to coaching. I can't think of a better coach right now though. There aren't too many good coaches available.
  1. DustyGeo
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    Posted 03/08/2011 2:04 PM

    I know there was a chance he wouldn't resign, but I'm glad that he agreed to the extention. His work with the U.S. Men's National Team is awesome!
    I am a fan of scrappy basketball.
  1. Herr
    Posts: 643

    Posted 03/08/2011 2:32 PM

    Nate's a great team coach.  But I'd like to see him get more into it when on the sideline.  Sometimes after a horrible call he just stands there with his arm crossed and pouts.  Other than that, I'm glad we signed him and got this out of the way.

    And, in the next 5 games, if we win them all, he'll have a .500 record as a Portland coach.  Very impressive since he was here in the rebuilding days.
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  1. mario250775
    Posts: 197

    Posted 03/08/2011 2:39 PM

    Great news and Great Coach !!!

    GO BLAZERS !!! 
    I am a fan of Portland Trail Blazers, RIP CITY !!!
  1. kenny c.
    kenny c.
    Posts: 418

    Posted 03/08/2011 3:23 PM

    I'm 50/50 on nate as our coach. I think you can argue it both ways and have valid points. But since he is here I'll argue the positive 50 and support him.
    I am a fan of Winning
  1. Daniel Slodki
    Daniel Slodki
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    Posted 03/08/2011 4:06 PM

    Good choice for Blazers.
    I am a fan of Blazers for years !
  1. Blazers4Life247
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    Posted 03/08/2011 7:01 PM

    this is great news.... this team is gonna be a monster once/if oden returns.... this team is built to beat the lakers for years to come =)
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  1. Blazers712
    Posts: 108

    Posted 03/08/2011 9:22 PM

    great news
    love him as the blazers coach
    I am a fan of Our big 3 B-roy, LA , and Crash
  1. joshkihei
    Posts: 4

    Posted 03/08/2011 9:56 PM

    good job Paul Allen the future is looking up everyone i really like G Wallace too he gives us really solid D we scored with that trade
    I am a fan of Rip City Baby
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
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    Posted 03/08/2011 10:30 PM

    Good work coach
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Wanderer
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    Posted 03/09/2011 1:28 AM

    Good man, good news
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  1. BDawg
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    Posted 03/09/2011 4:31 AM

    STABILITY.  Agree with you D.  Like the move, however can't help but wonder why only 2 years, and which side that came from?  Two years=one full season.  Curious
    I am a fan of players that play with PASSION and PRIDE
  1. Mark
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    Posted 03/09/2011 6:07 AM

    Posted By machwonder on 03/08/2011 1:33 PM
    Nate has a sub-500 record with the Trail Blazers. The jury is still out for me on Nate. The Blazers have lost too many games at home this year. That should not happen, especially against bad teams. And the defense is poor at best. This comes down to coaching. I can't think of a better coach right now though. There aren't too many good coaches available.

    You obviously haven't been a fan for that long. He took over the Trail Blazers team when they were still the "Jail Blazers". His first few seasons were ROUGH here. Had terrible players, terrible attitudes, everything was terrible. Then slowly through the drafts with Nate, Pritchard, Allen, we started bringing in some real talent and Nate has turned all of that into a great thing. Yeah, we haven't gotten out of the first round the past two years but let's be honest... Did we really expect to beat the Rockets two seasons ago when our team had NO veterans and NO playoff experience? Then last year, with no Oden yet again and No Roy for the first few games (shouldn't have played at all in the series) and a Batum with a hurt shoulder, we still managed to take Phoenix who was completely healthy to 6 games. I hope we can turn our fortunes in the playoffs around this year. "And the defense is poor at best". Really? We're one of the top defensive teams in the league. Check your facts.
    I am a fan of having a completely healthy team for once.
  1. Anees
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    Posted 03/09/2011 6:23 AM

    Great news! I know there many out there who don't like him, but I think, through all the tough injuries, he's gotten us through it. Yes, there were some downs, but all in all, he is a player's coach and I think it's great for both the players and us fans to know that there will be that stability. Hopefully, with GO back next year, the struggles and the potential will all come full circle - we are doing great as it is and I think with patience (which we have already shown) and continuing to fight (which we are) we are on our way. No matter though, I'm standing by this team . . to those who get frustrated and start calling for people to go - I don't get that.

    I am a fan of Lillard, Batum, Lopez, LA and T Rob taking it to other teams!
  1. turdferguson
    Posts: 49

    Posted 03/09/2011 8:10 AM

    I'll lean toward this being good news. Nate is a great regular season coach and can work wonders when dealing with adversity.  Now we need to see how he handles a playoff run! My question is will this team be on a championship run within the next two years?  

    I am a fan of new seasons and new possibilities.
  1. Crim
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    Posted 03/09/2011 9:50 AM

    Only smart move he could make, especially with Karl getting his extension, Nate is growing as a coach, alongside our players, and he's fit into Cho's future, so what more could you ask for. Give Nate the benefit of the doubt that he can pull us out of the first round with a semi healthy team. Letting Nate go would have been the worst move since the Kings let Adelman go.
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  1. Bertram
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    Posted 03/09/2011 10:09 AM

    Great, now Nate can win a championship with us and not the Heat or Lakers as a lot of people were talking about.
    I am a fan of B-Roy and LaMonster!
  1. machwonder
    Posts: 92

    Posted 03/10/2011 2:03 PM

    Just goes to show you there isn't much defense in the NBA these days. I'm not a stats guy, I just watch the games and see no weak side help. There's too many easy baskets, lay-ups. But the up-side to this is GW. He is a great defender, but more importantly, he brings it every night, unlike the rest of the team. Hope his play rubs off on the rest of the players. I admit I'm a casual fan, but I have followed the team since the Walton, Lucas days.
    I found that Portland is ranked 8th in team defense. That's not bad. Some of the other stats are not too good, however.
  1. TayC
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    Posted 03/11/2011 7:17 PM

    according to the NBA, the only place that portland ranks above number 8 in defense is in the steals catagory, with steals at home and opp.

    however i do not think that Nate is the caliber of coach that can take a team to a championship, for the last couple years he has had the SLOWEST pace in the NBA, and more and more teams in the league are picking up their pace and killing it in transition.
    I am a fan of The Blazers ♂, the £-Train, and of course, The ¤ King. ™
  1. machwonder
    Posts: 92

    Posted 03/14/2011 12:40 PM

    Nate and comp. have done a great job putting the pieces back together when this team was riddled with injuries, but the major problem still is playing consistent, giving effort at every game. This last road trip could have been a great one, but turned sour because of the lack of effort against the Bobcats and Hawks. As fans we deserve to see effort every game. Now, I can understand that on some nights a team will lay an egg. Portland lets this happen too much however. So, where does this problem of inconsistency fall? I'm not ready to say Nate isn't the caliber of coach that can take a team to a championship, but lets face it, this team isn't a championship contender. I would be happy with consistency, or playing hard every night,and against the weaker teams. And I agree, they should run more. Nothing gets a team going faster than transition baskets. This team is still missing pieces. A solid center that isn't hurt, like Joel, even though he didn't score he did everything else. I know Joel got hurt, but he is younger than Camby and showed Portland he was making progress. He played well against the Lakers, his last game with us. And we could really use a true point guard.Miller isn't getting any younger and his play is inconsistent. Sadly, Portland may find it time to let Mac. go if he doesn't find consistency in this team.
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