Blazers making moves on deadline day
March 15, 2012, 12:43 pm
The NBA trade deadline has come and gone. The Blazers were among the most active off all teams. Multiple reports
state the first deal has Gerald Wallace headed to New Jersey. In exchange Portland receives Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected first round pick. The draft pick is protected through the first three picks only.
Also Marcus Camby has been shipped out to Houston. In this deal
Portland will receive center Hasheem Thabeet and guard Jonny Flynn. However the biggest news has come down that head coach Nate McMillan is out as head coach in Portland. The move was first reported
by Adrian Wojnarowski.
As all this breaking news has gone down, Brian Berger has been covering it all. Take a listen as Alex Kennedy
of Hoops World joins the show to react to all the news.
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Also Ben Golliver from Blazers Edge joined Brian Berger to discuss all the breaking news of the day.
This is the official release from the Blazers on the firing of Nate McMillan.PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Trail Blazers have made the decision to part ways with Nate McMillan, it was announced today by Team President Larry Miller. McMillan will no longer serve as Portland's head coach. Assistant Coach Kaleb Canales has been named interim head coach. "Clearly the season to this point has not gone the way we had hoped it would and after talking with Nate we decided it was best to part ways," said Miller. "I want to personally acknowledge and thank Nate for his many contributions to this franchise and wish him nothing but the best for the future."In six-plus seasons with Portland from 2005-12, McMillan guided the Trail Blazers to a 266-269 (.497) mark. Portland's second-longest tenured head coach in team history, McMillan ranks third among all-time Trail Blazers head coaches with 266 wins, trailing only Jack Ramsay and Rick Adelman.McMillan led the Trail Blazers to the postseason in each of the last three seasons (2009-11), marking Portland's first run of three consecutive playoff appearances since 2001-03. The Trail Blazers shared the Northwest Division crown with Denver in 2008-09 after posting a 54-28 record, McMillan's best as a coach.After taking over as Trail Blazers head coach in 2005, McMillan became just the second coach in NBA history to improve a team by nine wins or more in three straight seasons when Portland increased its win total by 33 games between 2005-06 and 2008-09.McMillan is one of only two Portland coaches to be named Western Conference Coach of the Month three times (Adelman). He earned the honor in December 2007, April 2009 and April 2011.
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