Nate McMillan Extends Pacers Contract
Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan has signed a multi year contract extension with the team, according to reports. Nate McMillan has been the Pacers coach for two years after serving as associate head coach for three seasons. In that time, he worked under Frank Vogel.
The terms of the contract extension were not included in the announcement on Tuesday.
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Nate McMillan (54) has excelled as the Indiana Pacers coach. He has a 90 – 74 record and led them to the playoffs in each of the past two seasons.
McMillan was sixth in the Coach of the Year ballowint last year. His Indiana team overperformed by earning the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. They had a 48 – 34 record as they took the Cleveland Cavaliers to seven games in the first round of the playoffs.
“I’m really proud of what Nate and our coaching staff have done,” President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard said. “Nate is very deserving of this extension. We have a wonderful culture and he has been a big part of implementing that culture. He’s dedicated leader, a very good coach and we’re lucky to have him here with the Pacers.”
“I’m very appreciative of Kevin and Mr. Simon (team owner, Herb Simon) for this show of faith in what we are doing,” McMillan said. “Going back two years ago when I was hired, the trust Larry (Bird) and Mr. Simon had in myself and my staff meant a lot. Now with this extension, it’s an affirmation of what we all – front office, coaches, players, staff – are trying to accomplish.”
McMillan previously coached the Seattle SuperSonics and the Portland Trail Blazers. He played 12 seasons in the NBA, all for Seattle.