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Atlanta Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce relieved of head coaching duties

Lloyd Pierce
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The Atlanta Hawks announced in a statement on Monday that Lloyd Pierce has been relieved of his head coaching duties.

"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 President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Travis Schlenk.

"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."

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Nate McMillan has accepted the job as the team's interim head coach.

Following four seasons as an assistant coach on the Philadelphia 76ers, Pierce took over as head coach of the Hawks in 2018-19. In 183 games, the Hawks went 63-120 under Pierce.

The Hawks currently have a 14-20 record in the 2020-21 season, placing them 11th in the Eastern Conference. According to Spotrac, they've missed the second-most man-games due to injury, trailing only the Orlando Magic.

The Hawks have two more games remaining in the first half of the season. They open their second-half schedule on March 11 against the Toronto Raptors.

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