Hawks 'weren't improving,' Travis Schlenk explains as Atlanta fires HC Lloyd Pierce


The Atlanta Hawks made the decision to fire head coach Lloyd Pierce on Monday afternoon after the team got off to a 14-20 start and a number of fourth-quarter blown leads.

While there has been some debate about whether it is a fair assessment of Coach Pierce due to the number of injuries this season, the organization made the decision to move on from him and named Nate McMillan as interim head coach.

Atlanta Hawks GM Travis Schlenk joined John and Hugh and addressed the decision to move on from Lloyd Pierce.

"The ultimate decision for us was we just didn’t feel like we were moving in the right direction. We were going the wrong way and there’s only a few ways to change the momentum, making a change on the bench or trading a bunch of guys and that’s not an option right now," explained Schlenk. "So we felt like trying to get the ball rolling in the right direction this would give us the best opportunity to do that. Our goal is to improve throughout the year, not move backwards, and ultimately we felt like we weren’t improving as things went along."

To hear all of Travis Schlenk's comments, click here.