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Shock was the first word to come to mind when I heard the Portland Trail Blazers hired Nate McMillan. This is interesting because Portland has had the resources and the commitment to winning, while the question with Nate has always been about him getting the chance to win. Although his heart has been in Seattle the chance to win is not there because the SuperSonics are not committed to spending the necessary dollars to try and win a championship.
While we know the commitment is there from Portland's management the real question has been if the competency has been since they've consistently followed one questionable management group with another.
Money alone can't win a championship or even guarantee a chance at one. But from Portland's standpoint this is a step in the right direction. It's also a significant loss for the SuperSonics, who had a proven winner in McMillan and now are left with nothing but uncertainty.
Greg Anthony, an NBA analyst for ESPN and former player, is a regular contributor to Insider.