“Very difficult to coach from afar. To be, really, 3,000 miles away from your team and you’re trying to coach from that far, it’s just very difficult to do. I thought my assistants, Joe (Prunty) and Matt (Hill) and Chris (Jent), they did a good job of just trying to hold, keep the team together.”
Five games under .500 (17-22) and certainly looking disconnected on defense, McMillan hopes the roster stability can give the Hawks a boost entering the second half of the season. Especially since January typically is when a team wants to hit its stride.
“The league is going through this as we are, and all we can focus on is ourselves, and we haven’t been able to do that because of the number of guys that have been out. ... Just the timing was very difficult to do and this is a really important time of the season. This is when you feel like you should have your chemistry going, guys should be conditioned, in-shape, to be playing their best basketball. If you look at starting in October, November, December, January is when you hope to be playing your best basketball, and that chemistry and the connection on both ends of the floor is there.
“And we just have not been able to have this group together, because of the number of guys going into protocols, because of injuries prior to that. But it is what it is. We have to find a way to change, and we’re close to the second half of the season, starting really with this practice (Tuesday), turning it up. We’ve got to be better than we were. ... We’ve got to figure out that we’ve got to bring it. Change the mindset, your approach to this second half. Gotta play harder.”