Chauncey Billups has emerged as a candidate to replace Nate McMillan as coach of the Indiana Pacers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Billups, who has worked as a broadcaster since his retirement from the NBA in 2014, has no coaching experience, but that is not a prerequisite for either the Pacers or this coaching cycle in general. Steve Nash was recently hired as coach of the Brooklyn Nets without full-time coaching experience, and the Pacers hired both Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas sight unseen decades ago.
Billups, like those other hires, was a star during his playing career. Like Bird and Thomas, he won a Finals MVP award in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, and like Nash, he was among the best point