Pacers’ president explains his decision to fire Nate McMillan

Nate McMillan
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The Indiana Pacers president said he wants the team to be better in the playoffs. Kevin Pritchard said this was the main reason he decided to fire Nate McMillan.

McMillan parted ways with the Pacers, after four successful regular seasons, where Indiana was steadily one of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference.

Pritchard believed it was time for a change after the fourth consecutive playoff first round exit in four years. The Pacers’ president admitted that it was a tough decision, while he took responsibility saying the last four years ended with “bad taste in the mouth”.

Indiana had 183 wins in the regular season during McMillan’s stint, but just three in the postseason. The veteran coach signed a contract extension early in August, but that was not enough to keep him in the bench.