Interview: Blazers’ McMillan during the morning after
Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan was interviewed by the media following a Friday morning shootaround at the team’s practice facility in Tualatin, Ore.
McMillan discussed details regarding his heated, expletive-filled conversation Thursday with Miller.
Andre’s fine. What happened yesterday, that was on me. And I apologized to the team for the way that was handled. We handle things different in situations like that, and I have to control that, and I didn’t do that. So, that is behind us. Our focus is on the (Los Angeles) Lakers and playing the game tonight.
On why he apologized:
Because there are situations that I can control and I should control, and I should have handled that probably different. And I didn’t. I allowed that to get to where it was at, and I’ve controlled situations like that in the past. And have got to do a better job in the future of doing that. So, sometimes things happen. And that was something that should’ve been handled differently.
On whether there is a positive in that the air was cleared between he and Miller:
What has been building? I think you guys are building something? I mean, what are you talking about ‘has been building?’ … Nothing has been building. And as I said — I won’t comment on this, after this — that situation should have been handled different. And that’s on me to make sure that it does, and I will.
On whether he has spoken with Miller:
On whether the conversation should have occurred behind closed doors:
It should have been handled different. And that is something that I know. And we will in the future.
On when he realized it should have been handled differently:
Guys, OK? I’m not going to elaborate on what went on yesterday. You had it out there, OK? It’s dead. Our focus is on the Lakers tonight. We talked about that; I addressed the team. For us, we’re moving our focus to the Lakers.