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Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan has reportedly emerged as a prime candidate for the Los Angeles Clippers' coaching vacancy after the firing of Vinny Del Negro. With management hoping to appease soon-to-be free agent Chris Paul as he decides where to sign his next contract, finding a coach that works well with the point guard will be key. Since being fired by Portland in 2012, McMillan hasn't coached in the NBA, but he's been considered a candidate for numerous openings, including the current ones in Atlanta, Milwaukee and Detroit. It's easy to imagine the Clippers job being the most appealing to McMillan should the team make him an offer, though, given the strength of the team's roster. Assuming Paul returns, which is likely if he's involved in the coach hiring process, the Clippers should have one of the most talented rosters in the game.

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Very disappointed that he's the "prime" candidate. There are a lot of better options out there. I want a coach that has a history of coaching an all-star PG.

He has none so for the clippers to be considering him is mind bothering

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Nate is a marginal upgrade. Shouldn't be a prime candidate at this stage of the game when there are better options out there.

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INSIDER update for today:

UPDATE: A new name has emerged in the Los Angeles Clippers' search for a new head coach.

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports this morning that Nate McMillan is a potential candidate, per several NBA executives. McMillan previously served as head coach in Seattle and Portland, and is currently being considered for the openings in Milwaukee, Detroit and Atlanta. McMillan joins Memphis coach Lionel Hollins, former Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy, former Pistons/Suns coach Alvin Gentry, Golden State assistant Mike Malone and ex-Cavs/Hornets/Nets coach Byron Scott as the top candidates being mentioned for the Clippers job.

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Former Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan has reportedly emerged as a prime candidate for the Los Angeles Clippers' coaching vacancy after the firing of Vinny Del Negro. With management hoping to appease soon-to-be free agent Chris Paul as he decides where to sign his next contract, finding a coach that works well with the point guard will be key. Since being fired by Portland in 2012, McMillan hasn't coached in the NBA, but he's been considered a candidate for numerous openings, including the current ones in Atlanta, Milwaukee and Detroit. It's easy to imagine the Clippers job being the most appealing to McMillan should the team make him an offer, though, given the strength of the team's roster. Assuming Paul returns, which is likely if he's involved in the coach hiring process, the Clippers should have one of the most talented rosters in the game.

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Very disappointed that he's the "prime" candidate. There are a lot of better options out there. I want a coach that has a history of coaching an all-star PG.

I'm all for a coach with a history of coaching an all-star PG but who is this said coach? From the list , there's hardly anyone that I think would be a perfect fit. They are either too old, not interested in coaching, coaching elsewhere, or not experienced enough. No matter who we pick, someone on this board is gonna have a problem with him "fitting in"...

Are we looking for a coach who can set plays who CP3 can execute to perfection or someone who can guide Blake to being a more complete power forward we all want him to be? More offensive plays or an elite defense? I mean what really makes a coach be a great fit for this team?

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Simers said on the phone interview that he too thinks Nate McMillan is the top canidate.

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Yuck Nate is a marginal upgrade over VDN at best. I hope we don't get him. He is terrible. Defensive minded coach that hasn't even coached a good defense. Terrible regular season and playoff record. Known PG killer as well. Not very good with X and Os and very uncreative on the offensive end.

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Great articles on best coaching fits for clippers. I hope some of these guys get interviews. Jerry Sloan ranked #2.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/ ... s-clippers

Best fits for the Clippers job

Del Negro Out As Clippers Coach

There's usually a common thread when it comes to evaluating the most inept operations in sports. When you think of failed franchises in our professional leagues, you think of chaos: constant turnover, bad trades, poor draft picks, etc.

But there is typically one source of continuity, and it's at the very top. Since Donald Sterling purchased the Clippers in the early '80s, his franchise has enjoyed four winning seasons in more than three decades. Now Sterling's club has punctuated its best-ever season by parting ways with its coach, Vinny Del Negro.

It's widely assumed that the primary reason for the departure is that free-agent superstar point guard Chris Paul willed it to be so. We'll leave that for others to debate, because no one is going to own up to that scenario publicly. However, if it's true, the stage is set for a true Clippers-like scenario, which would be to fire its most successful coach in attempt to appease a star player, and then lose the star player anyway. We'll see how that unfolds this summer.

The reasons for Del Negro's departure do matter, however, because if Paul and/or fellow star Blake Griffin were on board with the move, then it only goes to follow they'll be consulted about Del Negro's replacement. A personal rapport with Los Angeles' key duo is just one of several possible traits of the Clippers' next coach. Others include:

All things being equal, you'd think such a star-powered, veteran roster would demand a pedigreed coach with a track record of success.

The Clippers ranked ninth in defensive efficiency and to get to championship level, that's got to improve, so a defensive coach might be favored.

That said, the Clippers finished fourth in offense in Del Negro's last two seasons, so you don't want to bring in a guy who is going to mess up the attack.

L.A. played very slow in terms of possessions per game even though it was so explosive in the open floor and so adept at forcing turnovers, so perhaps a coach who pushes the pace might be in order.

With all that in mind, here is an off-the-cuff ranking of Clippers coaching candidates, with the list being compiled from names already mentioned on the rumor mill, plus some of the other top coaching candidates on the market.

  1. Mike Malone

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Malone was an assistant to Mark Jackson in Golden State this past season and previously had a good relationship with Paul when they were both in New Orleans under Byron Scott. Even without Paul, Malone's work with the Warriors' improved defense had already gotten him mentioned as a candidate for several of the league's open head coaching gigs.

  1. Jerry Sloan

As far as I know, Paul and Griffin don't know Sloan from John Wooden, though Paul used to regularly get his butt beat in head-to-head matchups with Deron Williams in New Orleans-Utah games. Sloan is a name-brand coach whose system is conducive to a being built around a pick-and-roll combination like Paul and Griffin. His teams have also generally played at a good but moderate pace and when he's had the talent, his defenses have been strong.

  1. Kelvin Sampson

The former college coach at Oklahoma and Indiana is a hot name on the coaching carousel these days but Griffin came after his days with the Sooners, so there's no tie-in there. However, Sampson's OU teams played rugged defense, as did the Bucks teams for which he served as an assistant under Scott Skiles. In Houston, Sampson learned about the wonders of efficiency and pace, which will serve him well in future jobs.

  1. Lionel Hollins

Hollins has proven himself to be a fine coach, which the Clippers saw firsthand in the first round after Hollins led the adjustments that helped Memphis overcome a 21-point Game 1 defeat and knock out Los Angeles. Hollins' contract is up after this season, which is why his name keeps coming up, but the farther the Grizzlies advance in the postseason, the more unlikely it seems he'd leave.

  1. Brian Shaw

Shaw will be coaching somebody next season after years as a reputation as one of the league's top assistants. The only problem is that if Shaw wants to use any semblance of the triangle offense that he helped Phil Jackson teach with the Lakers, it's not going to play well with Paul.

  1. Alvin Gentry

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David Liam Kyle/Getty ImagesByron Scott had success with Chris Paul during their time in New Orleans.

Gentry reportedly has an existing relationship with Paul, but he's coached four teams now and feels like a retread. He's only been out of the first round once and all but two of his squads have finished 19th or worse in defensive efficiency.

  1. Byron Scott

It's now been a decade since Scott coached the Nets to back-to-back Eastern Conference titles, but he was the man in charge when Paul enjoyed his and the franchise's best season in New Orleans with a second-round appearance in 2007-08.

  1. Stan Van Gundy

Van Gundy is an excellent coach who will get another shot when he's ready, but for the time being, he's reportedly not interesting in coaching in 2013-14. That's kind of a snag.

  1. Mark Jackson

Jackson's angling for an extension in Golden State, and it's hard to imagine he'd leave, or that the Warriors would let him. However, Jackson moved around a lot as a player and would presumably enjoy the limelight of Los Angeles. His kumbayah approach might be just what the Clippers need.

  1. Scott Skiles

Or maybe they need a taskmaster like Skiles, who is rumored to be at the forefront of the Nets' coaching search. Skiles has a proven placebo effect on team defense when he takes a job, and it takes two or three years to wear off. The Clippers will take that.

  1. Quin Snyder

The former Mizzou coach gets more and more buzz regarding open jobs, though his old Duke teammate Danny Ferry may snatch him up for the Hawks. Way back in his Tiger days, Snyder coached an inverted offense. Not inside outside, but inverted -- Mizzou regularly posted more turnovers than assists during his tenure. After that job ended somewhat unceremoniously, Snyder paid his dues, learning the pro game as a D-League coach, an NBA assistant and even coached a year in Russia. It would be interesting see what the former boy wonder has learned all these years later.

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  1. Nate McMillan

McMillan merits mention because his name has clout in coaching circles, but he's the wrong guy for the Clippers' gig. He's always been more of an offensive coach than a defensive one, despite his reputation. He's just led teams that played at a snail's pace. McMillan is too risk averse for this group.

  1. Jeff Van Gundy

The other Van Gundy is a proven defensive coach and a brand name who engenders a lot of respect around the league, but it's been a while since he's graced the sidelines. He did tell USA Today back in January that he might start listening to offers this summer. He's a heck of an announcer, though.

  1. Phil Jackson

Unless Jackson is a pathological liar, he's not going to coach the Clippers. And as with Shaw, Jackson's system might not be the best fit for the Clippers' personnel anyway. Jackson has a knack for only taking jobs at which he can succeed. It's a great skill to have.

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McMillan has never coached a good defense, he coached a #1 offense, but his teams have been average at best defensively, and none as good as the Clippers last season. What in the world is he going to teach Blake and DJ on defense?

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^ honestly, I DONT see him teaching them nothing

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IMO it would be better to hire a coach CP3 isn't best friends with and all lovey dove. Get some1 who takes him out of his comfort zone and treats him like he is one of the guys.

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Lionel Hollins' adjustments don't impress me. I'm not sold unless Memphis comes back and beats San Antonio this series. You can't see what kind of a coach Hollins is against the Clippers. Just put your solid on-ball defenders in Tony Allen, T Prince, and Quincy Pondexter on CP3 and Jamal Crawford.......pack the paint and force the Clipper front court to shoot outside......and pound the ball against their undisciplined post defenders, and whalaah! The Clippers are rendered defenseless. Then just put your ENTIRE TEAM on Durant and OKC is worthless. But then they play the Spurs.......who actually move the ball and make people defend more than one player at a time.......and surprise suprise......they're getting there asses kicked. No on Hollins...

I like Kelvin Sampson though. I used to love watching his OU teams. Sampson always seemed to have long, rangy guys on the floor that scrambled n' rotated well, help defend, always taking away passing lanes, block shots, and force tough shots. I'd be happy with Kelvin Sampson at the helm. That's who I'm hoping for, but I'm also hoping for an assistant coach that can make the Clipper bigs play better offensively in the post

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What I find interesting is how no Clipper has tweeted any sort of response on the VDN decision. Then I thought oh hey maybe these guys are on a break or something- nope- I see Ralph Lawler, Jamal, Barnes, CP3, Bledsoe, Jordan, Butler & Hollins tweeting. Blake Griffin just tweeted:

"Very glad to see Coach K come back for another run at the Olympics. Would love to be apart of a world championship and a gold medal! #legend"

Maybe Blake wants to add Mike Krzyzewski to the list of candidates for the next Clipper coach? Wink

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k as the next coach not happening.... hes gone stay a winning coach in college and a good coach with allstars in the Olympic but to go nba would really test his skills because he wont just have allstars on one roster

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So you do see him teaching something?

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What's good with Kelvin Sampson?!!

He'll be like, "YES!! CUBAN BEEEEE!!!!"

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Yeah I found that interesting also that no one tweeted about vinny. You would think someone would mention, "good luck" or something to that effect.

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^ honestly, I DONT see him teaching them nothing

So you do see him teaching something?

No. Nate is just another vinny just to me

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Im sorry???? So you see him teaching them something?

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^ maybe to dislike him lol but I really dont know what nate can do that vinny all ready tried. If he can reached bg and dj that would be great but who knows

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Nate just seem mediocre

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Yes, we have no bananas today.

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^ excuse me?

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Your double negative is being mocked, Diamind.

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Good observation David. Makes me even more comfortable with the teams decision to let him go. Lack of tweets is just more evidence that he lost the locker room (that's if he ever even had it, that is).

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Yes im aware of that smh,

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Finaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllyyyyyyyyyy!

I am the most happy clipper fan on the Planet!

Was on a trip! Couldn't believe my eyes!

I

Couldn't bare watching the Clippers anymore lead by Vinny and his foolish idea that he was coaching!

I wish it would of happened last year! I knew the season was going to be wasted! We could of already had a new coach and playing the new system that group will have to learn. Typically takes 1 season. That's why I was hoping it would happen last season. Will better late than never! Just hoping we hire a new coach that is actually a coach! I feel sorry for the next team to hire Vinny! Hopefully the heat fire Spolestra and hire Vinny so they can lose not 3, not 4 not 5 and not 6 lost titles. Probably they would get knocked out in the 2nd round. Truly a horrible coach.

No one is more excited or happier than me as a huge Clipper Fan!

Just like I said last year the players don't even like him or respect him. Not one player tweeted him. Even Byron Scott was contacted by kyrie. Truly shows what they really wanted!

DTS should have known last year! But I guess better late than never! Thank U!!!

I am such a happy fan again!

Good bye and good riddance'

Finally!!!!!

Seriously know one is happier than me again. Maybe finally we can talk Clippers and not about firing the coach!

The ones I would love to have coach if possible

1) Phil

2) Jerry Sloan

3) Marc Jackson

Next Choices

1) Jeff Van Gundy

2) Nate Mc Millan

3) Byron Scott

4) Larry Brown

Next group don't mind taking a chance and seeing

1) Mike budenzor SA

2) Brian Shaw

3) Mike Malone

4) Bill Lambier

5) Michael Cooper

6) Sam Cassell

7) Gary Payton

8) Larry Drew

9) Kelvin Sampson

Coaches I do no want to see and would be asking to probably fire them!

1) Alvin Gentry

2) Avery Johnson

3) PJ Carlisemo

4) Stan Van Gundy

5) Mike Fratello

6) Scott Skiles

7) Quin Synder

I would be disappointed if any of these 5 were hired

Thank U DTS for allowing me to enjoy watching my team again!

Yyyyyyyyyyyyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

X a Zillion!!!!

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I wanna talk ta Sampson!! Sampson get me HIGH, Sampson get me LOOOOOW...

Kelvin Sampson! DEFENSE! DE-FENSE!!

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Did not realize that the only way to contact a coach and thank him is by twitter..

Not saying they did or not but to solely base it off of what a player said or didn't say over twitter is completely ludacris.. Vinny should not have been let go last year, he deserved to coach this same team this year..

As far as the decision to let him go this year was justified.. He didn't get the job done and needed to be let go. Cant wait until everybody starts to crucify the next coach we get..

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Don't worry, they will...

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Steady818 wrote:
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No one is more excited or happier than me as a huge Clipper Fan!

Just like I said last year the players don't even like him or respect him. Not one player tweeted him. Even Byron Scott was contacted by kyrie. Truly shows what they really wanted!

Did not realize that the only way to contact a coach and thank him is by twitter..

Not saying they did or not but to solely base it off of what a player said or didn't say over twitter is completely ludacris.. Vinny should not have been let go last year, he deserved to coach this same team this year..

As far as the decision to let him go this year was justified.. He didn't get the job done and needed to be let go. Cant wait until everybody starts to crucify the next coach we get..

Vinny Should have been fired after year 1. Year 2 for sure! Year 3 was a gift by DTS!

Kyrie actually called Coach Scott and let the media know. Not one Clipper has publicly said anything. I have not known very many coaches who were not at least publicly thanked in any format!

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^ as far as the next coach don't hire any of my bottom 7! The rest should be fine other than the 7 I will be a happy camper. The ones with no experience I will give them the season because of the unknowns!

In reality even the bottom 7 are better than VDN!

So I am super happy!!!!

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What up with your sig? It makes no sense on any level

Here's hoping VDN would go coach the Fakers!!! That would solve a huge problem for the Clips!!!

First of all, the Lakers are NOT a huge problem or haven't you watched your "other" team you're a fan of? Second of all, VDN would probably improve the Lakers based on what Antoni did with the highest payroll in the league this season. Lastly, based on reports, Howard would probably sign with your other team if he finds out Antoni was replaced.

Oh, and Shelburne reported that the Lakers Players were very close to a Mutiny against Mike D'Antoni.

The Lakers fans would rejoice if they had VDN. lol

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clipper sam, marc jackson??? lol. ok. if we SVG, i guess we will have to see and ask why u hate him so much. haha

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^ vinny with the lakers lol itll be payback time. Vinny: ill show you cp3 I thought we were cool (dude) and you Sterling I thought we were brothers. Well i have Nash old behind and howard plus kobe so I Dont Need Ya'll.

That'll be funny!

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@ClipperSam.. how come you dont like SVG?

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