Monday November 12th, 2012

Mike D'Antoni and Nate McMillan Mike D'Antoni could hire Nate McMillan as a defensive assistant with the Lakers (Garrett Ellwood, Getty Images)

Now that Mike D'Antoni has officially been named coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, he may start to hire some of his own assistants. And according to Ken Berger at CBS Sports, one of those assistants could be Nate McMillan. McMillan worked with D'Antoni on the Team USA coaching staff, and is currently without a job in the NBA after being fired by the Portland Trail Blazers midway through last season. In six and a half season in Portland, McMillan gained a reputation as a good defensive coach - an attribute that would fit nicely with D'Antoni's ran-and-gun offensive style.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.