By Joe Becker
In the last month, the Blazers have played 15 games in 9 different states. Head Coach Nate McMillan is coaching, watching video tape, running practices and traveling. It goes with the job. However, instead of Los Angeles, Chicago or Philadelphia....the coach found himself in Corvallis sitting right behind Arizona State's bench at Gill Coliseum. For one night, Coach McMillan was a fan...watching his son play for the Sun Devils against the Beavers.
Jamelle McMillan made his first start of the season for injured guard Derek Glasser and Jamelle delivered. He hit a three to break a 5-5 tie and Arizona St. was on top. Then he hit another three and it was 11-7. Heat check. McMillan buried another and it was 14-9. Jamelle wound up with four threes in the first half and a dozen points.
Jamelle's stat line for the game was impressive for any player with 14 points, 4 rebs, 4 assists and 5 steals. The best part was that Coach McMillan was there to see it.
Coaching in the NBA is a great job, but the hours are long and the coaches are away from their families a whole lot. Fortunately, Nate was able to see his son play...and see him play a terrific game. The Sun Devils are ranked 23rd in the country and win it 49-38.
Great for Jamelle and Great for Coach Nate.