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Hawks keeping Nate McMillan as coach

Hawks coach Nate McMillan

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 18: Nate McMillan of the Atlanta Hawks talks to his team during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers during Round 2, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Playoffs on June 18, 2021 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Hawks appeared likely to keep Nate McMillan as head coach.

And that was before he guided them to the Eastern Conference finals.

Brad Rowland of Dime:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

McMillan earned this job.

After replacing Lloyd Pierce with Atlanta at 14-20, McMillan coached the Hawks to a 27-11 finish in the regular season. McMillan also made quality adjustments in the playoffs, helping Atlanta beat the Knicks and 76ers.

Most importantly, McMillan connected well with Trae Young (who, like other Hawks, didn’t get along with Pierce).

McMillan didn’t seem so adaptable and so personable with the Pacers, who fired him last year. But he looked like a solid coach overall and has only improved his weaknesses since.

The Hawks are in good hands as they continue in this exciting new era.