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Nate McMillan on Shortlist to Be Next Boston Celtics Coach?


The whole Doc Rivers saga is finally over (pending league approval) in Boston and the Celtics are ready to move on and move on quickly. Danny Ainge and the Celtics are expected to make a huge run at Indiana Assistant, Brian Shaw.

While Shaw appears to be at the top of the list, Lawrence Frank and Nate McMillan are also mentioned.

McMillan has interviewed for the formerly vacant Detroit Piston head coaching gig, the Milwaukee Bucks job and a spot on the Lakers bench as an assistant. There were even rumblings last week after one of the deals to get Rivers to the Clippers disintegrated, that McMillan was also on their list.

McMillan hasn't landed a job yet despite being the defensive architect for the US Men's National Team.

While with the Sonics was 212-183 (478-452 overall). He lead the Sonics to the playoffs twice and in 2005 had the team within a quarter of an inch of a Ray Allen three pointer of forcing a game seven against the eventual champion, San Antonio Spurs.

McMillan's record of developing younger players is a bit in question, but was the coach for three time All-Star and Rookie of the Year, Brandon Roy. I only bring this up because Boston is on the brink of a massive rebuilding project. Only Danny Ainge knows the fate of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Will the Celtics continue to build around a core of Jeff Green, Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley?

Can Mac10 be the guy to lead Boston back to the promise land?

There are two directions that the Celtics will not be headed in. Don't expect to see Vinny Del Negro there and don't expect a groundswell of support behind this tweet: