Nate McMillan named associate head coach for Pacers

Shaw left for head coach position in Denver

INDIANAPOLIS - Officials announced that Nate McMillan has been signed as an associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers on Monday afternoon.

McMillan replaces Brian Shaw who became the head coach for the Denver Nuggets.

“To be able to join a respected franchise like this is a great opportunity,” McMillan said. “It’s obvious the potential this team has to compete for a championship and to come on board at a time like this is great timing for me. I really look forward to working with this coaching staff and the players. I have heard nothing but good things about everyone involved and that made this a very easy decision to make.”

McMillan has a basketball background as a player and a coach.

He was drafted by Seattle in 1986 and played his entire 12-year career with the Sonics.

McMillan became their coach in 2000 and remained there until after the 2005 season.

He later went on to coach the Portland Trail Blazers until 2012.

McMillan also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in the 2006 FIBA World Championships, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics, officials said.

“We are extremely thrilled to have Nate join our staff,” Pacers head coach Frank Vogel said. “To get someone with his experience as a player and a coach will be extremely valuable to our players, to our staff and to our franchise.”

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