The two had some words on Friday evening before a game.
Young was nursing a sore shoulder and refused to participate in the shootaround with the rest of the team before tip-off.
McMillan gave the star a choice: either participate with the squad or don’t attend the game.
In the end, Young wasn’t anywhere to be seen during the game, making his choice clear.
"He can't do this. [The Hawks] have invested way too much in him, they've given him the keys… Trae's gotta mature a little bit."@ChandlerParsons on the Trae Young-Nate McMillan beef 🎭
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 5, 2022
Many people have opinions about the whole situation: was Young overreacting or was McMillan being too hard on his star player?
Former NBA star Chandler Parsons gave his two cents on national TV and he was definitely siding with the Hawks and their head coach.
“He can’t do this. [The Hawks] have invested way too much in him, they’ve given him the keys… Trae’s gotta mature a little bit,” Parsons said about Young.
He’s not the only one asking the famous guard to step up.
Helping Or Hurting The Hawks
Young is a phenomenal player with an average of 27.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 9.6 assists a game so far this season.
He’s a legitimate powerhouse on the court but there have been a few complaints about his leadership, or lack thereof.
Inside reporting says that the front office wants Young to step up and take on a stronger leadership role with his team.
There have been a few grumblings of unhappiness with Young’s attitude.
This latest incident with McMillan will definitely feed into the characterization of Young as not being a true team player.
Will this be a turning point for him or will his attitude start to garner more attention?