Solomon Hill believes Nate McMillan will be back to coach the Atlanta Hawks next season. The Hawks fired Lloyd Pierce in early March, and McMillan stepped up and led the Hawks to a 27-11 record to end the season. McMillan was Coach of the Month in March and led Atlanta all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Hawks started the season 14-20. The team was dealing with injuries and was failing to meet expectations. It looked like another year missing the playoffs until McMillan stepped in.
The Pacers fired McMillan, and he even contemplated retiring before taking the assistant job in Atlanta. Now he might be calling Atlanta home for many years, and his players believe that is the case.
“Nate’s our coach; they’re just waiting to get the final details and all that stuff. Unless Orlando Magic came in and gave him $100 million a year or something crazy, Nate McMillan’s going to be our coach.”Solomon Hill
Indiana fired McMillan after four straight seasons of taking the Pacers to the postseason. When he got to Atlanta all he was focusing on was assisting Pierce and was reluctant to be the interim. However, he knew exactly what the team had to do to start winning.
McMillan knew the young Hawks team would need to really grow up if they wanted to turn their season around. The Hawks entered the playoffs as the fifth seed in the East and went on an improbable postseason run. Atlanta got through the Knicks fairly easily and upset the number one seed 76ers in seven games.
Atlanta has a young core centered around Trae Young and John Collins with a supporting cast of players built through the draft and trades. It finally looks like the Hawks have their coach as well and look to make noise in the Eastern Conference for years to come.