INDIANAPOLIS (AP): The Indiana Pacers have promoted assistant Nate McMillan to head coach, ending the search for Frank Vogel’s replacement after less than two weeks.
McMillan spent 12 seasons as the head coach in Seattle and Portland, going 478-452 in the regular season and 14-20 in the playoffs.
He was hired by Vogel in 2013 and spent the past three seasons with the Pacers, where he developed relationships with the players and president of basketball operations Larry Bird.
McMillan already had a bond with Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard from their days in Portland.
Bird announced May 5 that Vogel would not be retained after his contract expired and that he believed the Pacers needed to hear a different voice in the locker room.