After what has been a dreadful start to the 2020-21 season, reports were pointing in the direction of the Atlanta Hawks making a head-coaching modification. Boasting a 14-20 record heading into today’s action, that has now pertained to fruition.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Hawks fired head coach Lloyd Pierce. This relocation follows the 44-year-old Pierce published an amazingly bad 63-120 record as the Hawks’head coach given that taking control of in 2018-19.”We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not just the Hawks organization however the city of Atlanta,”the Hawks said in a declaration after the reported firing. Hawks general supervisor Travis Schlenk invested this previous offseason including a core group behind stud guard Trae
Young. That consisted of Atlanta bringing in veterans such as Bogdan Bogdanović, Danilo Gallinari and Rajon Rondo. None of the three have actually turned out to the Hawks’liking with Gallinari leading the trio in scoring at a mere 11.3 points on 39 %shooting. More than anything, it’s Pierce’s failureto assist
the Hawks’young core grow that caused his departure. In addition to Young, Atlanta has promising children John Collins, De’Andre Hunter and Web Cam Reddish. That has actually not resulted in team-wide success for a Hawks team that has actually lost 11 of 15 because a 10-9 start to the campaign. Some may say that Schlenk is utilizing Pierce as a fall man. That might be the case given that his offseason acquisitions have actually not panned
out. Even then, things need to change in Atlanta right now. That might possibly include the Hawks trading approaching limited complimentary representative Collins. He’s apparently been on the trade block for a long time now. In spite of their 14-20 record, the Hawks are just 2.5 video games out of the eighth seed in what has been a pedestrian Eastern Conference. Making this move now could be a benefit for the talented young group
heading into the NBA All-Star break, however Schlenk certainly has some work to do on his end. As for a potential candidate to change Pierce as the Hawks ‘head coach, they did not immediately make an announcement. It’s safe to assume top assistant Nate McMillan will take control of on an interim basis. The 56-year-old McMillan has actually had stints as a head coach with the Seattle Sonics, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers. Atlanta is enthusiastic he accepts the interim gig.