Two NBA coaches rip Pacers for Nate McMillan firing
Two big-name NBA coaches were not impressed with the Indiana Pacers’ decision to fire Nate McMillan on Wednesday.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens avoided direct criticism of the Pacers for the decision. He did, however, suggest that McMillan had done as good a job as could have been expected.
Brad Stevens on Nate McMillan's firing: "It's on other people to decide what they want to do with their organization … I don't know that anyone has gotten more out of his team the last 3-4 years than Nate McMillan."
— Chris Mannix (@SIChrisMannix) August 26, 2020
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was less diplomatic. Spoelstra criticized the Pacers for signing McMillan to an extension earlier this month and called the firing “ridiculous.”
Spoelstra said Pacers firing Nate McMillan is "totally ridiculous. You gave him an extension. It’s a media fake extension."
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) August 26, 2020
Coaches are generally going to stick up for each other. Still, this is a pretty scathing assessment of the Pacers from two high-profile names.
McMillan’s firing may not come as a surprise to some within the NBA. The Pacers cited his 3-16 playoff record with the team to make clear why they wanted to move on.