Sixers' Lloyd Pierce Interviews for Hawks' Head Coaching Job

The driving force behind the Sixers' rebuild has been top-level talent secured through the draft. However, the people behind the scenes developing those players are also supremely important.

Now other teams around the NBA are starting to take notice of those who helped guide the Sixers during their massive overhaul.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks interviewed Sixers assistant Lloyd Pierce for their head coaching vacancy Friday. 

"It's a no-brainer. I would hire Lloyd Pierce yesterday," Brett Brown said before Game 3 against the Boston Celtics.

The Hawks are looking for a new head coach after agreeing to part ways with former head coach Mike Budenholzer last month following a five-year run. 

Despite success early in Budenholzer's tenure, Atlanta finished the 2017-18 season with a 24-58 record - worst in the Eastern Conference and third worst in the NBA. 

Now the Hawks are staring at a major facelift, and Brown thinks Pierce is the perfect man for the job.

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"If a team came in and said we want to rebuild, I can't think of a more appropriate program that has gone from where we were to where we are that has a true story to tell," Brown said. "You look at him, he's a young coach. He's in great shape. He's tremendously, sort of, connected to the league. He's defensively oriented. It's a no-brainer in my eyes."

Pierce has been with the Sixers since the 2013-14 season. Prior to that, he served as an assistant for the Memphis Grizzlies (2011-13), Golden State Warriors (2010-11), Cleveland Cavaliers (2007-10) and Santa Clara University (2003-07).

Pierce joins a list of candidates for the Hawks' job that reportedly includes Portland assistant Nate Tibbetts, Golden State assistant Jarron Collins and Charlotte assistant Stephen Silas.

"I feel thrilled to be able to help him," Brown said. "I don't think it's a far-reaching push. All you've got to do is pay attention, and I hope soon we can look at him as the next coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

"It would be my complete pleasure and privilege to help him grow his own career. That's my job. People have done it for me. I want to do it for others. I think he's a natural to lead an NBA program, especially if the mission is to grow it organically like we have done."

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