The Atlanta Hawks have fired head coach Lloyd Pierce after a 14-20 begin to the season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Pierce was in the course of his third season with the crew. He was employed forward of the 2018-19 season after beforehand serving as an assistant with the 76ers.
“We want to thank Lloyd for his work and dedication to not solely the Hawks group however the metropolis of Atlanta,” common supervisor Travis Schlenk stated in an announcement. “He and his spouse, Melissa, are large individuals who have made a optimistic influence all through the town. We’ve got excessive expectations for our crew on the courtroom and we consider by making this variation now that we will have a powerful second half of the season.”
The Hawks received simply 49 video games all through Pierce’s first two seasons. The crew had larger expectations after one of the vital energetic offseasons. This previous offseason, the crew added Rajon Rondo, Danilo Gallinari, Kris Dunn, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Solomon Hill in free company. The veterans joined a core that additionally featured John Collins and Clint Capela and various growing younger gamers in Trae Younger, DeAndre Hunter, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter.
The Hawks have two video games earlier than the All-Star break and at present possess have a bottom-third protection within the NBA, permitting 112.9 factors per 100 possessions.
Veteran coach Nate McMillan, who joined the crew as an assistant this previous offseason however was beforehand the pinnacle coach of the Indiana Pacers, not too long ago coached the crew for 2 video games after Pierce returned house for the delivery of his second youngster.
Atlanta is at present No. 11 within the Jap Convention.