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The Hawks announced on Monday the team will be moving on from current head coach Lloyd Pierce after an underwhelming start to the season as the Hawks sit at 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 14-20 record.
Pierce was hired under current general manager Travis Schlenk in 2018 and will finish his two-plus year tenure with the Hawks at a 63-120 record.
The news comes after the Hawks’ 109-99 loss to the Miami Heat last night in which the team collapsed offensively and defensively in the fourth quarter. Outside of injuries, the Hawks collapsing in the final minutes of games has been the story for the team all season.
Pierce has received scrutiny from fans and media throughout the season for his decisions late in games and his inability to take accountability.
The Hawks are currently hopeful that current assistant coach Nate McMillan will accept the role to become the interim head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
McMillan was hired by the Hawks this past offseason after being dismissed by the Indiana Pacers after being swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs last season.
Although Pierce never led the Hawks to the playoffs during his tenure, his impact on the Atlanta community will never be forgotten.