Atlanta — Eagles coach Nate McMillan said Friday he has no plans to retire midseason, citing reports from unnamed sources.
The Athletic reported that McMillan was considering resigning before the end of the season, but McMillan said that’s not true.
“We’re going to prepare for a game,” McMillan said. “We’re trying to keep our guys healthy and running again in the playoffs, but the reports, look, this year I’m here to coach, I’ve talked to[owner]Tony Ressler a lot of times, our The goal is to get to the playoffs. That’s what I’m working on.”
McMillan, 58, said he had no immediate reaction to the report. Halfway through his third season with the Hawks, the Hawks are 17-18 and ninth in the Eastern Conference.
“I read that article briefly,” he said. “I’ve never spoken to that reporter before. I think in the last two weeks he’s written a couple of articles using some of the sources in our organization that were published about me and some of the things I said and did. made some comments.
“Look, at the end of the year, I’m going to do what I always do. I’m going to talk to my family and see if that flame, that flame, continues next season, but that’s when the season ends. All of us thought about retiring, but that was at the end of the season. We’re going to move beyond that, that story.”
McMillan took over as head coach after Lloyd Pierce was fired during the 2020-21 season and led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals. After the season, he signed a four-year contract.
McMillan has a 748-656 record in five seasons in Seattle, seven seasons in Portland, four seasons in Indiana and three seasons in Atlanta. He was upset when his disagreement with Hawks star guard Trae Young during a shootaround became public on Dec. 2. Young was injured but did not play that night, leading to speculation that McMillan and Young were at odds.
It’s been a busy season for the front office, with Travis Schlenk stepping down as president of basketball operations last week to take on an advisory role. General Manager Landry Fields has taken over day-to-day operations. Fields was promoted to GM earlier this year.
McMillan spent his entire 12-year career in Seattle, ending in 1997-98, averaging 5.9 points and 6.1 assists.
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