Originally written on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 4/24/13
Nba-portland-trail-blazers
A week ago, Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News broke the story about changes coming to the Detroit Pistons. In short order, Lawrence Frank ended up losing his job. Now, a few ideas are starting to emerge about who might replace him. According to Lawrence and his sources familiar with Detroit’s planning, Nate McMillan has emerged as the primary front runner for the position, given Detroit’s desires to hire a bench boss with some type of meaningful head coaching experience. McMillan certainly isn’t shy on that said experience. He coached in Seattle and Portland, amassing a career record of 478-452. While with the Trail Blazers, McMillan’s worst record (21-61) came in 2005, his first year on the job. After that, things got back on the right track in a hurry, including back to back 50 win seasons in 2008 and 2009. McMillan has coached 50 win teams three times in his career, and has won over 45 games five times. He’s also been a top assistant for USA basketball under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. As a former player, McMillan would also command his team’s respect along with bringing plenty of knowledge to the bench. In Portland, he was able to develop a few younger players like Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge into difference makers, and would have several others in Detroit to develop like Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. If the Pistons are looking for the right guy on paper, it seems that McMillan is it. He inherited a worse locker room situation in Portland during 2005 and came out ahead, lending to the belief he could easily clean things up in Detroit. The one caveat for McMillan himself might be what ends up happening with the Sacramento Kings. If their sale is approved and the team moves to Seattle as has been rumored, McMillan might be considered a shoo-in for that job, given his nickname is “Mr. Sonic.” In that scenario, who else might be on the radar? We’ve heard some of the usual assistant coach names like Brian Shaw, Mike Budenholzer and Kelvin Sampson, but none of them have NBA head coaching experience. After that, Maurice Cheeks and Scott Skiles and might quickly become the most realistic, attainable options given the profile Detroit is said to be looking for. In other words, Pistons’ fans might have to root for the Kings to stick around in California just a little while longer. On April 24, however, McMillan is said to be the early frontrunner, and would undoubtably be the top choice in the minds of many Pistons’ fans, as well. Plenty can still happen, but a week after Frank was fired, Detroit’s search for a new head coach at least appears to be off the ground with some focus. Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Urban Meyer has 'feeling' who will start at QB

Report: Schilling to return to 'Sunday Night Baseball'

Report: Cardale Jones rushed to hospital with head pain

WATCH: Cubs' Baez swings so hard he falls down

WATCH: Boston host jokes Goodell should be murdered

WATCH: Mets get inside-the-park HR after OF flips over wall

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eli Manning remains unfazed about poor preseason

RG3 thinks 'Concussion' movie will 'make a lot of people mad'

Can Darrius Heyward-Bey replace Martavis Bryant for the first month in Pittsburgh?

Treon Harris to start at QB for Gators’ opening game

Marshawn Lynch campaigning for Seahawks to sign Fred Jackson

Alabama vs. Wisconsin showdown not selling many tickets

Report: Islanders to unveil black and white alternate jerseys

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Floyd Mayweather receiving ‘major’ movie offers

Report: Growing discontent between Colts coach, GM

Sam Bradford gets trolled by RG3 in Heisman House ad

Keegan Bradley gets engaged to longtime girlfriend

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Reality has set in for Jerry Jones on Cowboys running backs

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

WATCH: MMA fighter puts attempted robbers in leg lock

The Browns are not the laughing stock they’re made out to be

LSU, McNeese State to honor anniversary of hurricanes Katrina, Rita

Wife of Redskins GM apologizes for nasty tweets about reporter

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Why Mike Trout ain't right

The Opening Drive: Jamal Anderson warns UM fans before heading to Salt Lake City

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker