Hawks Fire Head Coach Lloyd Pierce After 14-20 Season Start
On Monday, the Atlanta Hawks announced that they fired head coach Lloyd Pierce after beginning the NBA season 14-20.
The Hawks have now officially announced that they’ve dismissed Lloyd Pierce as coach.
GM Travis Schlenk: “We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta.” pic.twitter.com/rNHUjNcerb
— Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) March 1, 2021
Pierce was in the middle of his third season coaching the team. He was hired before the 2018-2019 season after previously acting as an assistant to the 76ers and the Grizzlies.
“We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization, but the city of Atlanta,” Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said in a statement.
“He and his wife, Melissa, are tremendous people who have made a positive impact throughout the city. We have high expectations for our team on the court, and we believe by making this change now that we can have a strong second half of the season.”
Throughout Pierce’s first two seasons, the Hawks only won 49 games and entering this season, the team had higher expectations after a very active NBA offseason. Atlanta is currently No. 11 in the Eastern Conference.
Going into this season, the team added Rajon Rondo, Danilo Gallinari, Kris Dunn, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and Solomon Hill in free agency. The team also added veterans John Collins and Clint Capela and is developing young players such as Trae Young, DeAndre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and Kevin Huerter.
Veteran coach Nate McMilllan, who joined the team as an assistant this past offseason, recently coached the team for two games after Pierce returned home for the birth of his second child. McMillan was previously the head coach of the Indiana Pacers.
McMillan accepted the interim head coaching job.
ESPN Sources: Nate McMillan has accepted the interim head coaching job with the Hawks. McMillan has a 667-591 (.530) record in 16 seasons as head coach with Seattle, Portland and Indiana.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2021