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April 30, 2012

Nate McMillan on Charlotte Bobcats opening

Told by the Observer Monday that the Charlotte Bobcats have a coaching opening, Nate McMillan didn’t dismiss the idea of returning to North Carolina.

               “I certainly do want to be in coaching again, so we’ll see what happens,’’ said McMillan, former coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and a one-time N.C. State star.

               McMillan was caught off-guard by the Bobcats’ decision not to bring back Paul Silas, after 1½ seasons on the job. McMillan worked with now-Bobcats general manager Rich Cho in Portland.

               Cho and president of basketball operations Rod Higgins addressed the decision to change
coaches at a Monday news conference. Cho said a key component in the search should be finding someone who considers the rebuilding job a challenge, rather than a burden.

               “We don’t want somebody who’d say, ‘Oh, they had the worst record in the league,’’ Cho said. “It’s easy to go to a winning team. We want someone who sees this as a great opportunity, a chance to build from the ground up.’’

               Among the key moments in Monday’s news conference:

               --Paul Silas will continue with the organization, in a yet-undetermined consulting role. The
current coaching staff will help run pre-draft workouts if a new coach isn’t hired in time.

               --Lead assistant Stephen Silas will get an interview to be head coach, after coaching several games this season.

               --Higgins is putting no timetable on the search, except that it will commence immediately. Higgins expects to interview a wide range of candidates, some of whom might not be available until their teams are eliminated from the playoffs.

               --Higgins said he wants a coach who will emphasize developing young players, but “the
main quality is somebody who wants to win.’’

               --Higgins said head-coaching experience would be valuable, but “we won’t limit (the
search) to ex-NBA head coaches.’’

               --Silas, who made Charlotte his home before taking the Bobcats job in December of 2010,
says he’s through with coaching at 68.

Posted by Observer Sports on April 30, 2012 at 05:12 PM | Permalink

Comments

Cougars
D'Antoni
Delete Maggette, thomas, Diop, Higgins
Trade Augustine

Posted by: Tom | Apr 30, 2012 5:32:44 PM

Tom,

The Cougars name is not an option imo. Keep it the Bobcats or get Hornets back. Thats it.

And where has D'Antoni been successful? Nowhere. He is all run and gun and no defense. His players dont like playing for him. He lacks personality.

Maggette, Thomas, Diop, Najera, Carroll and Higgins can all get going.

I wouldnt trade DJ unless we get a real shooter in return. Other than Kemba we would not have anybody else at PG.

This whole rebuilding process depends on getting Anthony Davis.

Is it bad that I expect to be screwed over by the NBA in this "draft lottery"?

Posted by: Bobcatsfan89 | Apr 30, 2012 6:02:04 PM

Bf89: We actually wouldn't be "screwed" at all if we miss out on #1 and Davis. Mathematically, we're most likely to end up at #4. Anything higher should be considered lucky.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 30, 2012 6:19:38 PM

It should be like every other sport. The worst team picks first. And so on. This behind the scenes ping pong ball thing has never sat well with me.

For example, Orlando picking ahead of us when we were an expansion team.

Posted by: Bobcatsfan89 | Apr 30, 2012 6:23:04 PM

If you change the name to Hornets, bring back Alan Bristow! ;-)

Posted by: Phil | Apr 30, 2012 6:27:09 PM

actually mathematically we are not most likely to be number 4. number 4 is the lowest we could possibly be. we have 25% chance of getting a top pick. 50% chance of getting top 2 pick. 75% chance of getting top 3 pick. 100% chance of getting top 4 pick.

Posted by: jake | Apr 30, 2012 7:20:50 PM

Go get Phil.... make him an offer he can't refuse MJ... Peel your purse back!

Posted by: Mo Betta | Apr 30, 2012 7:32:12 PM

Shaka Smart would be a great hire but he has more talent at VCU!

Posted by: joe cool | Apr 30, 2012 7:56:28 PM

Jake ... if you add those up, that is 250% ... IMPOSSIBLE ... The total can only = 100% ... thus the definition of average ... chances out of 100.

Posted by: Mr Math | Apr 30, 2012 7:58:58 PM

So basically they held a press conference and said NOTHING!

Posted by: George Hanson | Apr 30, 2012 7:59:45 PM

Yes. They should have told you who the next coach will be. Idiot.

Posted by: Scooby | Apr 30, 2012 8:21:38 PM

When will they fire Higgins?

Posted by: sfinsf | Apr 30, 2012 8:45:02 PM

They won't fire Higgins. How else will his son stay in the NBA?

Posted by: Billy Jack | Apr 30, 2012 8:55:53 PM

@ billy jack, LMAO!!! that is so true!!!!

Posted by: Nik | Apr 30, 2012 9:14:00 PM

Mr Math - "A Top 4 Pick" Not THE 4th pick.

Mr Math, you must be either an NCSU grad with a plowing degree, or a Clemson grad with a degree in Jolligy.

This isnt rocket surgery, but it is a little more complex than you adding it all up.

Posted by: Math huh? | Apr 30, 2012 9:18:35 PM

Is it bad that I expect to be screwed over by the NBA in this "draft lottery"?

Posted by: ballin' | Apr 30, 2012 9:21:12 PM

McMillan would be the best option to coach this team. He has a working relationship with Cho, knows MJ well, has a history here with NC State. He is a very good coach, who could succeed with a quality group of assistants. As for son of Silas...thanks but NO THANKS. We need a completely fresh start. I wish Higgins could be on the next broomstick out of town, but that's too much to hope for.

Posted by: Bassman | Apr 30, 2012 9:53:36 PM

Augustin will be hard to trade up and we're trying to stop trading down. Keep him, get him healthy, get him playing better ball. He had flashes this year but we need more. Health will go a long way.

I'm ehh on mcmillan for the job. I think he's great but not a match for the situation OR personnel. He will make byron mullens and biz cry. We need progress.

Posted by: charlottean | May 1, 2012 12:07:35 AM

Jake - actually, while we have a 25% of the 1st pick, we have a 100% change of getting one of the Top 4 picks.

But, the chances of getting the 4th pick (i.e. not one of the top 3) is 36%, because that is the sum of the chances of getting picks 4-14 (as we can't be lower than 4).

1st pick: 25%
2nd pick: 21.5%
3rd pick: 17.8%
4th pick: 35.7%

So the chances of getting the 4th pick is actually greater than the chances of getting the 1st pick.

Posted by: bobfan1 | May 1, 2012 6:31:33 AM

But not greater than the chance of picking either 1-3 combined.

Posted by: charlottean | May 1, 2012 8:19:27 AM

OMG. GIVE IT A REST. STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHERE WE PICKING AND WORRY MORE ABOUT WHO WE COULD PICK UP IN EITHER SLOT.
IE
1-ANTHONY DAVIS GUARANTEED.
2-GILCHREST/JONES/ROBINSON(DAVIS PRETTY MUCH NUMBER 1)
3-SEE NUMBER 2
4-SEE NUMBER 2.

GET THE POINT.
EITHER GILCHREST/JONES/ROBINSON WILL BE THERE AT 2,3, OR 4... SO CALM DOWN. WE WONT GET THE BEST. BUT WE WILL STILL GET A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR. YOU GUYS ARE ARGUMENTS ARE MEANINGLESS. REALLY ARGUING OVER TEH PERCENTAGES IS A WASTE OF TIME AND SPACE. THATS NOT REAL SPORTS TALK. THATS MORE LIKE YOU ARE STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL TALK.

Posted by: PANTHERSFAN4LIFE | May 1, 2012 9:16:41 AM

^ lol

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder | May 1, 2012 11:40:23 AM

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