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After the unexpected run to the Eastern Conference finals and leading the team to a remarkable run, the Atlanta Hawks have reached a deal with Nate McMillan, interim coach.
Travis Schlenk (General Manager Hawks) said Monday that McMillan reached an agreement of principle with Schlenk earlier in the morning. Schlenk stated that they are still drafting the contract.
The details of the agreement are not yet available.
McMillan was 56 when Lloyd Pierce quit after the team posted a record of 14-20. The young Hawks team enjoyed an immediate turnaround under McMillan and now can embrace a future with the full-time coach.
The Hawks started to play better in games later, protecting leads and posting a 27-11 score that made them No. 5 seed in Eastern Conference playoffs.
The New York Knicks won the first round, and the Hawks defeated them in the second. 1 seed Philadelphia in the conference semifinals before falling to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games in the conference final.
Schlenk noted that McMillan’s consistent message worked well with a young team under the direction of Trae Young.
Schlenk stated that he believes he’s unwaveringly consistent. “There’s no back and forth. He is consistent in stating what we will do. That consistency has made me believe that players are able to trust him. It can be difficult to trust people who contradict you day after day. But he is unbelievably consistent with what he believes, and his men were open to it.
Schlenk stated that McMillan was his choice for full-time coaching even before the playoffs.
“At some point during the regular season I went to Nate and told him the job was his if he wanted it, and we both agreed to wait until after the season to formalize it,” Schlenk said.
McMillan joined Pierce’s staff after he was fired as Indiana’s coach. He was also the former head coach of both Portland and Seattle.