Former Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan will interview with the Bobcats on Monday and Tuesday for the team's head coaching vacancy, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. McMillan, 47, was fired by the Trail Blazers in March after going 266-269 with the team over seven seasons. The former 12-year NBA veteran expressed his interest in returning to coaching shortly after being relieved of his duties in Portland.
“I’ve never been fired. I’ve never been cut, and this was the first time I have been without a team,’’ McMillan told the Seattle Times after his firing. “I’ve never been out here before where I’m not working…To be fired, it’s just a word that is hard to swallow.’’
What might make the Bobcats a good fit for McMillan are his ties to the North Carolina area as he starred for NC State in the mid-80s before leaving school early for the NBA. Beyond McMillan, the Bobcats will also interview assistant coach Stephen Silas, son of former Bobcats head coach Paul Silas, on Monday. The Bobcats dismissed the elder Silas at the end of the 2011/2012 season after the franchise finished with the lowest winning percentage in NBA history at .106.