The rumors of interest from the Atlanta Hawks in Stan Van Gundy this past week predictably created quite a buzz. He is the coach most envision should they desire one with much recent success and availability. But from out of the blue, another name has emerged for the soon to be vacant head coaching position. Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Hawks interviewed Nate McMillan on Wednesday, which came as a shock to many since his name had dodged the many rumors surrounding the situation.
McMillan can claim a similar recency in success as compared to Van Gundy. McMillan is known for his defensive reputation and grindingly slow style of play. He has split his coaching career between Seattle, starting in 2000, and Portland from 2005 until his release in 2012. He has a career 51.4% winning percentage but has only made the Conference Semifinals once, in his 2004-05 season with the Sonics, in 5 career postseason appearances. Like Van Gundy, he spent the last season on the shelf but now looks to be raring to coach again. He has also already interviewed with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons, according to Wojnarowski.