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Nate McMillan has been fired.


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Rumors are swirling all over.

 

From an 'Insider' TIFWIW, but we'll worth the read.

 

 

Take this with a grain of salt.

 

Earlier in the year I mentioned open conflict within the coaching staff as it pertained to young players, especially Jalen Johnson. After his very stat heavy year at College Park, the assistant coaches, other players expected heavy minutes from Jalen.  

Nate's reliance on smaller lineups and not giving Jalen Gallo type minutes irked some, especially those who worked most closely with JJ.

You can hear in the pressers how they are repeating "someone who connects with the players" (John, Trae, Jalen, etc) and "someone good at developing talent".

One of things not yet said is a jealousy the team feels over other orgs developing young players while we play old school and let them rot on the bench. This is one of the things Ressler openly questioned (why don't our young guys play like X,Y,Z).

What I'm hearing is that this has been simmering privately for 3 weeks+ and the coaches were basically in pro-Nate vs pro-young guns camp and that the decision to start Saddiq Bey was effectively a big "FU" to the assistants  propping up JJ.  So too was the near DNP for JJ in his last game.  There was some serious discontent in the Hawks locker room and it wasn't between Trae and Nate, but between Nate and 3 members of his staff.

A second point of contention was ball distribution and untimely substitution (something many members of this board have noticed).  Nate's over-reliance on iso sets created two problems  1) DJ is not as good as Trae in the PnR game and is more of a chaos movement player.  2) Other teams learned from the Heat in last year's playoffs and were determined to trap Trae and get the ball out of his hands. On good authority, one of the more experienced coaches suggested off ball curl screens (opposing top of the key from the ball handler) and switch pin downs as ways to loosen up defenses and Nate insisted their guys "figure out how to beat this coverage and not to rely on gimmicks".  As the season progressed, DJ's turnovers increased as he was forced to run sets that are not in his normal bag.  Without clear outs or off ball motion, DJ was attacked very similarly to Trae.  

The rumored Trae argued with Nate at practice that seemed to get covered up was actually Trae making the mistake of agreeing with a coach who openly disagreed with Nate.

The critique of Nate from the x's and o's coaches was his over reliance on 1v1 matchups on both offense and defense and insistence on players scrambling off blown coverages.  Additionally, Nate's historical tendency and reputation as a hot head led to not only him not engaging officials and fighting openly for his players but limiting his assistants from barking at the refs as well.  The players felt often as if they were playing against the refs which showed in their on court whining.  Nate tried to limit this as well, limit trash talking. It was summed up to me as "he was taking the emotion out of basketball".

 

The delay in firing Nate was due to the team having a cooling off period and to evaluate their options. When after a few days they saw no way forward, the decision was made to let Nate go now.

 

 

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, jayu70 said:

Rumors are swirling all over.

 

From an 'Insider' TIFWIW, but we'll worth the read.

 

 

Take this with a grain of salt.

 

Earlier in the year I mentioned open conflict within the coaching staff as it pertained to young players, especially Jalen Johnson. After his very stat heavy year at College Park, the assistant coaches, other players expected heavy minutes from Jalen.  

Nate's reliance on smaller lineups and not giving Jalen Gallo type minutes irked some, especially those who worked most closely with JJ.

You can hear in the pressers how they are repeating "someone who connects with the players" (John, Trae, Jalen, etc) and "someone good at developing talent".

One of things not yet said is a jealousy the team feels over other orgs developing young players while we play old school and let them rot on the bench. This is one of the things Ressler openly questioned (why don't our young guys play like X,Y,Z).

What I'm hearing is that this has been simmering privately for 3 weeks+ and the coaches were basically in pro-Nate vs pro-young guns camp and that the decision to start Saddiq Bey was effectively a big "FU" to the assistants  propping up JJ.  So too was the near DNP for JJ in his last game.  There was some serious discontent in the Hawks locker room and it wasn't between Trae and Nate, but between Nate and 3 members of his staff.

A second point of contention was ball distribution and untimely substitution (something many members of this board have noticed).  Nate's over-reliance on iso sets created two problems  1) DJ is not as good as Trae in the PnR game and is more of a chaos movement player.  2) Other teams learned from the Heat in last year's playoffs and were determined to trap Trae and get the ball out of his hands. On good authority, one of the more experienced coaches suggested off ball curl screens (opposing top of the key from the ball handler) and switch pin downs as ways to loosen up defenses and Nate insisted their guys "figure out how to beat this coverage and not to rely on gimmicks".  As the season progressed, DJ's turnovers increased as he was forced to run sets that are not in his normal bag.  Without clear outs or off ball motion, DJ was attacked very similarly to Trae.  

The rumored Trae argued with Nate at practice that seemed to get covered up was actually Trae making the mistake of agreeing with a coach who openly disagreed with Nate.

The critique of Nate from the x's and o's coaches was his over reliance on 1v1 matchups on both offense and defense and insistence on players scrambling off blown coverages.  Additionally, Nate's historical tendency and reputation as a hot head led to not only him not engaging officials and fighting openly for his players but limiting his assistants from barking at the refs as well.  The players felt often as if they were playing against the refs which showed in their on court whining.  Nate tried to limit this as well, limit trash talking. It was summed up to me as "he was taking the emotion out of basketball".

 

The delay in firing Nate was due to the team having a cooling off period and to evaluate their options. When after a few days they saw no way forward, the decision was made to let Nate go now.

 

 

 

 

 

And you can see the Rook losing confidence as well in his shot. 

Maybe it’s just me, but I am starting to get the feeling that this isn’t going to be a hard job to fill and the candidates are very interested in this young roster.

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9 hours ago, jayu70 said:

The delay in firing Nate was due to the team having a cooling off period and to evaluate their options. When after a few days they saw no way forward, the decision was made to let Nate go now.

But the thing is, Nate publicly has stated several times that he didn’t want to be the HC so why the need for a “cooling off”? 

We all already knew he was walking away at the end of the year as well so to me, this is more of a you can’t fire me because I already quit and just collecting a check situation.

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