Hawks Fire HC Lloyd Pierce, Hire Nate McMillan Following 14-20 Start
Expectations were definitely high going into the season.
As we all know, with high expectations come far less room for error and despite a wide array of injuries and inconsistencies, the Atlanta Hawks have opted to fire head coach Lloyd Pierce following a 14-20 on Monday.
Atlanta has dismissed Lloyd Pierce as coach, sources tell ESPN.
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“We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta,” 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.”
Pierce took over the role following the 2017-18 season and has since amassed a 63-120 record.
Following the acquisitions of the likes of Danilo Galinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Rajon Rondo, and Kris Dunn, the Hawks appeared poised to return to the playoffs. Despite injuries to a number of the team’s key players, the Hawks front office clearly was looking for immediate impact, which Pierce was unable to provide.
Nate McMillan will be taking over the helm on an interim basis. McMillan has a 667-591 record over 16 seasons as a head coach.