By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Larry Drew you are on the outside, looking in.
Drew, you may be listed as the Atlanta Hawks head coach for the next month, but management is already telling you that you won’t be back. They haven’t told you in words, but they have told you with their actions.
According to Yahoo Sports, the Hawks management have interviewed Nate McMillan for head coaching position that Drew previously holds. Drew is technically the Hawks head coach through June 30th until his contract expires.
He has not been let go by the team, and the Hawks management has shown him that he likely won’t be back. Drew has been with the Hawks since the 2004 season, and has been the head coach since the 2010-11 season.
Drew is 128-102 in 230 career games as the Hawks head coach, with a .557 win percentage. He is also 10-14 in three playoff appearances.
The Hawks have lost in the first round the past two seasons, getting beat 4-2 in each series. And they lost in the Conference Semifinals in 2011.
Hawks general manager Danny Ferry has also expressed an interest in hiring head coach Stan Van Gundy. He was previously the Orlando Magic head coach, and was fired a year ago after getting into numerous run-ins with Dwight Howard.
Drew could return to the Hawks, which would result in Ferry doing an about face, if McMillan and Van Gundy say no to the team. According to the story, Ferry would like to keep Drew as an option in case a better coach is not interested in coaching the team.
It doesn’t appear like Van Gundy will coach this upcoming season. The Milwaukee Bucks and the Detroit Pistons are interested in McMillan, as well.
McMillan has reportedly also interviewed with the Bucks and Pistons.
McMillan has been out of coaching since getting fired by the Portland TrailBlazers mid-way through the 2011-12 season. He was hired by the TrailBlazers in the summer of 2005.
He has a 478-452 career coaching record with the TrailBlazers and the Seattle SuperSonics, with a .514 win percentage.
He lost in the first round of the playoffs in his last three full seasons and missed the playoffs in his first three seasons with the team.
With the SuperSonics, he made the playoffs in two of the five seasons. In 2004-05, the Sonics made the Conference Semifinals, which is the furthest that McMillan’s teams have advanced in the playoffs.
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