Hawks fire head coach Lloyd Pierce

Atlanta Hawks have fired head coach Lloyd Pierce, the team announced on Monday. Assistant coach Nate McMillan will take over the team on an interim basis. 

The Hawks, who started 10-9 but are now 14-20, have been hit hard by injuries this season, including injuries to Danilo Gallinari, Bogdan Bogdanovic, and De’Andre Hunter. In over two seasons, Pierce compiled a 63-120 (.344) in 183 games.

“We would like to thank Lloyd for his work and commitment to not only the Hawks organization but the city of Atlanta. He and his wife, Melissa, are tremendous people who have made a positive impact throughout the city,” said Hawks GM Travis Schlenk in a statement about Pierce. “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.”

The 56-year-old McMillan joined the Hawks coaching staff on Nov. 11, 2020. As head coach with Seattle (2000-05), Portland (2005-12) and Indiana (2016-20), McMillan led his teams to a 661-588 (.529) mark in 1,249 career regular season games and has 53 games of postseason coaching experience.

Last season, the Pacers finished 45-28 (.616), second in the Central Division and fourth in the Eastern Conference. In his four years with Indiana, the club recorded a 183-136 mark (.574), advancing to the playoffs each season.