When Jamelle McMillan played, his father didn’t hover over his youth coaches. He didn’t even offer unsolicited advice.
Nate McMillan practiced what he preached as a coach himself, even though he had more knowledge and insight about the game than any parent in the building.
“He never suggested anything. He allowed them to do what they felt,” says Jamelle, in his first season as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns. “He would add his stuff with me individually on the side but he respected them as coaches.”