Former 76ers' assistant Lloyd Pierce lands head coaching role with Hawks

Former 76ers' assistant Lloyd Pierce lands head coaching role with Hawks

The Hawks announced Friday that they have hired former 76ers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce as their new head coach.

While only time will tell if Pierce is actually able to turn around his new Atlanta squad, and who the Philadelphia 76ers will choose to replace him with going into the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season, it's nice to see one of our own to get acknowledged for his hard work and determination both on and off the court and watch the Brett Brown coaching tree start to sprout.

Pierce, now an assistant coach with the 76ers, traveled to Atlanta on Friday to meet with team officials.

Lloyd Pierce has been on the Hawks' radar awhile, but it now appears that the Sixers' lead assistant is the favorite for the job. He spent two years as an assistant to Lionel Hollins on the Grizzlies before that, one year under Keith Smart with the Warriors prior to going to Memphis and three years working with Mike Brown and the Cavaliers to start his National Basketball Association coaching career.

Prior to the announcement of Pierce's hiring, the Hawks and Pierce already met three times. "I have great respect for Travis and strong belief in his plan to bring a championship to the city of Atlanta". Pierce then began his coaching career with a four-year stint as an assistant at his alma mater.


The Hawks parted ways with Mike Budenholzer earlier this offseason. "How disciplined he was, his work ethic, and I got to see that firsthand after summer league through the beginning of the season". He played four seasons with two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash a teammate.

The Hawks are expected to go into rebuilding mode after finishing last season with a 24-58 record.

Pierce can also add more ammunition as the Hawks have three first-round draft picks in the 2018 NBA Draft.

The last-place conference finish followed 10 straight playoff appearances. Thus, the development of the team's young players will most likely take precedence over wins for the first couple seasons.

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