Hawks news: Atlanta interviewing Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce
As the Atlanta Hawks look for their next head coach, another name you can add to the list of candidates they have interviewed is Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce.
The Atlanta Hawks interviewed Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce for their head coaching vacancy on Friday, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 5, 2018
The Hawks have already interviewed Nate Tibbets, Darvin Ham, and Jarron Collins all who are currently assistant coaches in the NBA.
For Pierce, he started his coaching career as an assistant for Santa Clara college in 2003. In 2007 he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers and since that point he has bounced around, also going to the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and now the 76ers.
When he joined the Cavaliers he started as a player development coach and had moved his way up to assistant coach. One guy who is a huge fan of Pierce and his coaching is LeBron James who was with him for three years. He called him “one of his favorite coaches” according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Hawks are looking for a new coach after they mutually decided to part ways with Mike Budenholzer who is just a few years removed from being named the Coach of the Year.
The Hawks are going through a rebuild and they want to pair their rebuild with a young coach who can help with the development of the young players.
Since Pierce started in a player development role, it makes sense why the Hawks would be interested in him for this opening.