Hawks Fireplace HC Lloyd Pierce After Uninspiring Begin to 2020-21 Season
In keeping with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowksi, the Atlanta Hawks have parted methods with coach Lloyd Pierce after two-plus seasons with the group, with the Hawks at the moment holding a 14-20 document (11th within the East) regardless of having probably the most extremely praised offseason of any group.
Hawks normal supervisor Travis Schlenk would launch an official assertion relating to Lloyd’s dismissal (per ESPN):
“We wish to thank Lloyd for his work and dedication to not solely the Hawks group however the metropolis of Atlanta. He and his spouse, Melissa, are great individuals who have made a optimistic influence all through town.”
Addressing to his considerations with how the Hawks season has gone, with Atlanta shedding 11 of their final 15 contests, Schlenk was forthright concerning the causes the Hawks are making such a drastic midseason change.
We’ve excessive expectations for our group on the courtroom and we imagine by making this variation now that we will have a powerful second half of the season.”
As beforehand alluded to, Atlanta was predicted to have a powerful exhibiting this season after signing veteran shooters like Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic to enhance their younger and promising core. Nevertheless, Pierce’s lack of ability to maximise the items on his roster and the rising pains as an inexperienced head coach have in the end held the Hawks again, of their estimation.
It’s not as if Pierce was caught unawares although, telling The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz simply final week that “Travis goes to fireside me someday.”
“Travis goes to fireside me someday. And have you learnt what I’m going to say? The man gave me a terrific alternative in life. Do you assume I’m going to be pissed? He’s rattling close to my greatest buddy.” — Hawks coach Lloyd [email protected] https://t.co/wxBfzdSFRO— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzATL) February 26, 2021
Nate McMillan, whom the Hawks introduced on as an assistant coach in November, is who Atlanta wish to take over as interim head coach. McMillan has amassed 16 seasons price of head teaching expertise over the past 20 years, main the Seattle SuperSonics, Portland Path Blazers and Indiana Pacers to the playoffs.
Sources: The Hawks are hopeful assistant Nate McMillan will select to grow to be the interim head coach. McMillan is assembly with Lloyd Pierce and remainder of Hawks teaching employees now. McMillan has been fiercely loyal in his help of Pierce.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2021
The Hawks haven’t made a postseason look since 2017.