Lloyd Pierce can finally 'coach' the Hawks


It's safe to say that the Atlanta Hawks have had a big week. General Manager Travis Schlenk not only drafted Onyeka Okongwu and Sklyer Mays, but also made a number of additions in free agency.

Among the new players joining the Hawks next season will be Danilo Gallinari, Rajon Rondo, Kris Dunn, and Tony Snell (and possibly Bogdan Bogdanovic too). They will join a young core with the expectations of a run to the playoffs.

While it's been a big week for Schlenk it might be an ever bigger couple of days for head coach Lloyd Pierce.

Pierce has had an interesting role in his first few seasons at the helm of the Hawks, and that role is changing in a big way.

Pierce has ultimately been tasked with playing the role of talent developer as the Hawks put together a young group of players they can build around. Now GM Schlenk decided it was finally time to do just that.

After all the additions to the Hawks roster, it's now time for Coach Pierce to go from developing to winning. And with that comes the ability for him to finally truly coach this team.

Pierce dealt with a number of limitations in his first few seasons and the depth on the Hawks roster now allows him to finally coach. He's got some real decisions to be made about who starts and who comes off the bench and he finally can match up in different styles late in games.

There are no more moral victories and no more learning the hard way. Pierce is now asked to take this team to the playoffs, and that's exactly what he expects to do.

Atlanta Hawks beat writer Sarah K. Spencer joined John and Hugh and spoke about Pierce's ability to coach in ways he hasn't been able to before and the options all the additions to the roster finally give him.

"It’s going to give the Hawks so much flexibility where before he (Pierce) had none," says Spencer.. "We still have to see chemistry but as far as needs, they met them.

"They had so many depth problems last year and they have the opposite of that problem this year, the roster had not been deep and now (Lloyd Pierce) gets to pick and choose."

To hear all of Sarah K. Spencer's comments on the Hawks and their complete roster overhaul, click here.