Nate McMillan’s firing as the Portland Trail Blazers coach shocked exactly no one. His team quit on him. That was never more evident than during its seven-game road trip where they trailed by 35 or more against the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks.
The 42-point loss to the Knicks Thursday was the straw that broke McMillan’s back.
The team’s implosion also led to much shuffling and near shuffling at the trade deadline, and undoubtedly will lead to much shuffling in the offseason.
The Trail Blazers just three or four years ago looked like a team set to compete in the Western Conference for the next decade. Now, they look like a team in need of a complete overhaul.