Portland Trail Blazers Fire Head Coach Nate McMillan

Kristian Winfield@@KrisWinfield_Correspondent IIIMarch 15, 2012

OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 15:  Head coach Nate McMillan of the Portland Trail Blazers argues a call during their game against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on February 15, 2012 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Sitting on an incredibly underachieving 20-23 record, the Portland Trail Blazers organization decided to make some changes in both the roster and the personnel.

Following the trade that sent Gerald Wallace packing to New Jersey for Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a conditional first-round draft pick, the Blazers front office, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, has decided to part ways with coach Nate McMillan.

With an always injury-ridden roster, McMillan had a 266-259 record as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers and led his team to three consecutive playoff appearances with three consecutive first-round exits.

Speculation from OregonLive's John Canzano pointed towards several players working to get McMillan fired and that he had lost his locker room weeks ago.

Was this the right move for the Portland Trail Blazers?

McMillan's offense has always been a slow-paced, half-court set offense, but things went awry when interim GM Chad Buchanan brought in PG Raymond Felton and F Gerald Wallace, two up-tempo players.

Does Coach McMillan deserve the blame for the Blazers' lackluster season?


Kristian Winfield is a Featured Columnist for the Portland Trail Blazers on the Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @BriscoXCI