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Around the Realm: The NBA wants (limited) fans in the stands, Nate McMillan joins the Hawks

The NBA has a plan to have at least some fans in the building when play resumes, subject to local rules.

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Fans in the seats, or at least the suites

The Athletic's Shams Charania reports that the NBA is going to try to have at least some fans in stadiums when the new season begins.

I find the idea of people in every other suite easier to accomplish than fans anywhere near courtside. Even 10-12 feet from the floor, I'm not sure if the players would feel safe enough. We shall see.

Nate McMillan is joining the Hawks

Nate McMillan, who was let go by the Pacers this offseason, is joining the Atlanta Hawks as an assistant coach.

My reaction to this was best summed up by Nekias, a Heat fan and NBA analyst on twitter:

If Pierce's seat gets warm, there's a very capable replacement on the Hawks bench.

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The NBA governors and players are both expected to vote late Thursday or early Friday to confirm a December 22nd start.

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November 5, 2020 3:11 pm

Another hire on the way:

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November 5, 2020 3:13 pm

The NBA only wants a limited number of fans in the stands…
“Kings. Cavs. Tonight!”

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November 5, 2020 3:19 pm
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“Don’t forget to wear your masks, Kings fans!”
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November 5, 2020 3:30 pm

I wonder what McMillan can do from a defensive standpoint to such a defensively deficient team like the Hawks.

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