Pacers hire McMillan as associate coach


The Indiana Pacers announced Nate McMillan as an associate head coach Monday.

McMillan played 12 years with the Seattle Supersonics, then became the team's head coach in 2000 until after the 2005 season. He then coached the Portland Trail Blazers from 2005 until March 2012. He has also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team at the 2006 FIBA World Championships and at the Olympics in 2008 and 2012.

"We are extremely thrilled to have Nate join our staff," said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. "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."

"To be able to join a respected franchise like this is a great opportunity," said McMillan. "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 replaces Brian Shaw, who was hired as the head coach of the Denver Nuggets last month.