Report: Nate McMillan accepts head coaching position with Atlanta Hawks

Brad Sullivan
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Nate McMillan has agreed to accept the interim head coaching position with the Atlanta Hawks, following Monday’s dismissal of now-former head coach Lloyd Pierce.

The 56-year-old McMillan has extensive experience in the NBA as both a player and coach, having last served as head coach of the Indiana Pacers for four seasons from 2016 to 2020.

McMillan was dismissed after a 45-28 season last year, which ended when the Pacers were swept in four games by the Miami Heat in the first round of the postseason. He subsequently joined Pierce’s staff as an assistant coach.

The Hawks had targeted the 2020-21 campaign as one in which they’d emerge as playoff contenders, but after Sunday night’s road to loss to the Miami Heat, they have a 14-20 record.

February proved to be Pierce’s undoing, with the Hawks compiling a 4-11 record over the course of the month, including losses in their last two games.

McMillan’s first opportunity to serve as the Hawks’ head coach will come on Tuesday night when they host the Heat.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.