Blazers hire Nate McMillan as coach

July 7, 2005 at 12:08 AM
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PORTLAND, Ore., July 6 (UPI) -- Nate McMillan was named the new coach of the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night.

McMillan leaves the Seattle Sonics after four years. During his tenure, Seattle was 212-183 overall. McMillan guided the Sonics to the playoffs twice, and had an 8-8 ledger in the post-season.

He spent his entire 12-year playing career in Seattle. In 796 career games as a player, he averaged 5.9 points, 6.1 assists and four rebounds per contest.

The Sonics did not re-sign McMillan when the season ended. At that time, his four-year contract expired.

In Portland, he will replace interim coach Kevin Pritchard, who took over for the fired Maurice Cheeks at mid-season.

In the 2004-05 campaign, McMillan guided the Sonics to a 52-20 record and the Northwest Division championship. Seattle advanced to the Western Conference semifinals before losing in six games to eventual NBA champion San Antonio.

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