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Atlanta Hawks Fire Head Coach Lloyd Pierce

Pierce spent two and a half seasons in Atlanta without approaching a winning record.

NBA: Atlanta Hawks at New York Knicks Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks have fired Head Coach Lloyd Pierce. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted the news just moments ago.

Pierce joined the Hawks at the start of the 2018-19 season, guiding the team to a 29-53 record. He fared even worse in the COVID-shortened 2019-20 season, accumulating a .299 winning average over 67 games. Things had finally begun looking up for Atlanta and their coach this year when, behind scoring star Trae Young, they started the season 14-20. Injuries held back their progress, but that .412 winning percentage was the highest of Pierce’s tenure.

Pierce leaves the franchise with a cumulative 63-120 record.

Former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan is a lead assistant for the Hawks and appears to be Atlanta’s likley interim head coach, according to Wojnarowski.

Sam Amick has the official statement from the Hawks: