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Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

Posted on: June 16, 2011 8:37 pm
Edited on: June 16, 2011 8:56 pm
Draft prospect Jeremy Tyler works out for the Portland Trail Blazers but has no idea who Nate McMillan is. Posted by Ben Golliver.

This is the most unintentionally hilarious exchange from an NBA pre-draft workout that you will ever see. Period.

Jeremy Tyler has had a whirlwind journey over the last few years, as he left high school early so that he could play professionally in Israel and Japan. Over the last few weeks, he's travelled cross country multiple times working out for teams, looking to boost his stock back up into the first round after he nearly fell off the map.

Apparently, all the world travelling and pre-draft workouts have left his head spinning.

Tyler was in Portland for a pre-draft workout with the Trail Blazers on Thursday and was asked an innocuous question about whether he had crossed paths with Blazers coach Nate McMillan over the years.

Tyler responded with a quizzical look, wracking his brain as he tried to untangle the query. "Nate McMillan," he said finally. "No ... What college is that?"

The answer drew dropped jaws and laughter from the assembled media, and Tyler was quickly reminded that McMillan was the coach of the Blazers. "Oh," Tyler then responded. "I'm tripping."

Here's video of the unbelievable exchange courtesy of YouTube user CSNNW.

McMillan attended the workout and met briefly with the players afterwards. As Tyler met with the media, McMillan was standing no more than 30 feet away.

Draft prospects generally go through extensive interview preparation and training prior to the pre-draft combine. This error is so basic, though, I'm not sure it even gets covered in those training sessions.

"Make sure you know the coach's name when you workout for his team. He might draft you. Also: No NBA head coach is a college." Do agents really need to remind players of that?

It's worth noting the interview was conducted after a lengthy workout that left him gasping for air and clutching his shorts near the end. Is fatigue a legitimate excuse here? Who knows. Let's just watch the video over and over and laugh without over-analyzing it.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 12:53 am

Jeremy Tyler will be fine

Cramming for likely media questions is probably standard. Yet Jeremy had a brain cramp answering a question that surely was a sop to local readers, the questioner expecting a glowing admiration of the man running the workout. Never mind Jeremy there are at least three good things about this incident:

1. Coach McMillan is not a high-ego coach and will not dwell on this for even a moment.

2. Making such a basic mistake is likely to be ignored in the larger questions of can you play, and does your character fit the culture.?

3. This is a rather novel way to call attention to yourself for your workout. You will forever more be known at the kid who messed up on Nate. Somewhat like politics, it is name recognition that is important to the fan base, not necessarily what that recognition was for.

The every-day-in-a-new-city circuit for potential draftees must be really brutal. Each new day brings a different cast of players all trying to push you out of the draft while they enhance their own stock. I can visualize being rummy after a week or two. The player is not expected to pick the coach but to impress all of them. So Jeremy, on to the next stop and remember - coach Sloan is no longer there.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:17 pm

Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

i would of never know who was either.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:36 pm

Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

Sounds like he's from the mold of a Dennis Rodman, or that forward that play's for the The Lakers.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 17, 2011 3:42 pm

Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

First off, that's 3rd year starting quaterback Jordan Jefferson, not a recruit.  Secondly, the quiz segment was called how well you know 'The Jefferson's'  He did answer George for a picture of Thomas, but i just wanted to get the facts straight.  He is dumb, but LSU will be ranked in the top 5 for the upcoming season and this idiot will be drafted to play in the NFL.  I think people forget that athletes bypass an education to attempt to play sports professionally.  There are a few intelligent professional athletes out there, but they are in the minority.

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:56 pm

Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

I could swear this is a Matt Moore article, but his name is nowhere on here and all I see is a "posted by" credit for somebody else.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 2:29 pm

Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

Well when you see sweat dripping from his chin you know that he was fatigued.  Sounds like he hasn't been able to follow the NBA too much anyway because of his career in Israel and Japan?  This is pretty funny, but I guess it's excusable. 

Since: May 13, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2011 11:03 am

Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

This is too funny but its a simple mistake nothing too make a big deal about. It obvious he was fatigue and plus before he got there his agent told him too make a good impression on Nate McMillian. Nate probably dont care if he dont remember his name but as long as he can ball it would not matter too coach.

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:20 am

Jeremy Tyler has no idea who Nate McMillan is

The LSU recruit named Jefferson appearing
on ESPN in a small quiz game called "know your Jefferson.s" counld not identify Thomas Jefferson   The guy immediately identified George Jefferson of the East Side - but not one of the founding fathers.    EspN had no idea of how to react..

Sad situation.

Jim McNair

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