Former Portland and Seattle coach Nate McMillan has emerged as the front-runner to replace the fired Lawrence Frank and become the new head coach of the Detroit Pistons, according to sources familiar with Detroit’s plans.
The Pistons want to hire a proven head coach and are targeting McMillan
Nate McMillan would be a very satisfying choice – if he doesn’t get too much say in personnel decisions.
McMillan has proven himself to be an excellent overseer of a roster, but he’s also proven himself a coach, like many, with a strong preference for veterans. I think he would do a good job teaching the Pistons’ young talent, as long as he doesn’t have the option of playing steadier veterans. McMillan developed young talent with the Trail Blazers. He just preferred to dump it for more immediate help.
The Pistons can’t simply hire McMillan and declare all is well now, but if they create the right environment for him to work, he very well could be the best option available.
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