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Summer League Interview with Nate McMillan: What did we Learn?

Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

[From the FanPosts, C2975 digs into a Summer League interview with new Pacers associate head coach Nate McMillan. -TL]

1. Perhaps, the Pacers are becoming more of a destination location for players and coaches. McMillan commented that he had several offers from other teams for an assistant coach position. Even so, McMillan said he wanted to come to Indy. He saw the Pacers as a perfect fit for his skill set and viewed assisting Frank Vogel as a great opportunity.

2.The Pacers are developing a championship culture. McMillan said he noticed the development of a championship culture in Indy while watching the Pacers in the postseason. Two of the main components to developing such a culture is having great chemistry and playing hard on both ends of the court - the Pacers have and do both.

3. The Pacers may only have a two year window for winning a championship. McMillan noted during his interview with NBA TV that usually small market teams only have a one or two year window for winning a championship. He noted that this phenomenon could be true for Indy.

* After listening to this interview, it is clear that McMillan will be a strong addition for the coaching staff. He is eager to get started, work with staff and players, and begin working toward winning a championship. However, most Pacers fans would likely agree that they hope the window for the Pacers contending in the playoffs is more than 1-2 years. The Pacers core is still very young. Roy Hibbert continues to improve each year. Lance Stephenson has grown leaps and bounds. Paul George is a budding super star. David West signed on for 3 more years. Why does the window have to be so brief? Sure, small markets have trouble attracting new free agents and have to avoid the luxury tax line, but that should not be a problem with Bird at the helm and with this core of young, drafted players. For instance, look at the Spurs. San Antonio is a small market team, yet they have managed to stay relevant for three decades. Of course, this has much to do with them drafting Tim Duncan and continuing to make smart draft day moves (i.e. Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Kawhi Leonard). As long as the Pacers hold onto Hibbert and George, the Pacers will continue to move toward a championship. Most players want to work where they can win. Look at the players flocking to play for the Clippers and Rockets. These squads were not destination locations, yet Dwight Howard just signed on to play with Harden and Chris Paul has agreed to an extension with the Clippers. The Pacers future is bright and fans should anticipate many more years of games in late May, and perhaps, early June.

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