Pacers promote assistant Nate McMillan to HC

The Indiana Pacers made a pretty surprising move when they fired Frank Vogel following a first round exit in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. They didn’t have to look very far to find his replacement as they promoted assistant Nate McMillan to head coach on Monday.

It was reported over the weekend that McMillan was expected to be Vogel’s replacement and the Pacers made those reports come true on Monday. They announced him as the head coach via Twitter.

OFFICIAL: The Indiana #Pacers have named Nate McMillan as their head coach. Story: https://t.co/1k0Bjzx0tL pic.twitter.com/dmhqz7dqiT

— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) May 16, 2016

McMillan was a 12-year veteran player in the NBA, spending his entire career with the Seattle Supersonics from 1986-1998. He became an assistant with the team just months after his retirement as a player and was their head coach by the 2000 season.

Nate McMillan coached the SuperSonics for five seasons and took them to two playoff appearances. He then became head coach with the Portland Trailblazers in 2005 and stayed there before being fired in the middle of the 2012-13 season.

He has spent the last three seasons as an assistant with the Pacers.

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