Woj: Atlanta Hawks Fire Coach Lloyd Pierce, Team Wants Nate McMillan as Interim HC
The Atlanta Hawks have relieved head coach Lloyd Pierce of his duties, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The team wants to replace Pierce, in the interim, with former Blazers and Pacers head coach and current Hawks assistant, Nate McMillan.
Sources: The Hawks are hopeful assistant Nate McMillan will choose to become the interim head coach. McMillan is meeting with Lloyd Pierce and rest of Hawks coaching staff now. McMillan has been fiercely loyal in his support of Pierce.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 1, 2021
Pierce was hired back in 2018, and he never had a winning season with Atlanta.
His first season the team went 29-53. Last year, pre-COVID, the Hawks were 20-47.
So far in 2020-21, Atlanta sits at 14-20. Pierce finishes with a record of 63-120.
This was Pierce’s first job as a head coach at any level. He served as an assistant coach in the NBA with four teams (Cleveland, Golden State, Memphis and Philadelphia) from 2007-18.
The Hawks are 11th in the East — two games behind Indiana and Chicago, who are tied for ninth, 2.5 games back from No. 8 (Charlotte) and three games from a three-team-tie for No. 5 (Miami, Boston, Toronto).