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Hawks fire head coach Nate McMillan

Feb 21, 2023

The Atlanta Hawks announced on Tuesday that they have fired head coach Nate McMillan. Assistant coach Joe Prunty is expected to take over in the interim, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

McMillan, 58, has been the head coach in Atlanta since the 2020-21 season. The 29-30 Hawks will come out of the All-Star break in eighth place in the Eastern Conference. While Prunty will lead the team in the interim, the Hawks will conduct a search for a full-time head coach with ex-Jazz coach Quin Snyder, Bucks assistant Charles Lee and Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson under consideration, according to the Wojnarowski.

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McMillan's dismissal arrives months after a conflict with star guard Trae Young reportedly prompted Young to skip a Hawks home game in December. It wasn't immediately clear Tuesday what role, if any, that McMillan's relationship with Young played in his dismissal.

A veteran of NBA sidelines, McMillan coached the Seattle SuperSonics, Portland Trail Blazers and Indiana Pacers before joining Atlanta's staff as an assistant for head coach Lloyd Pierce for the 2020-21 season. The Hawks fired Pierce in March of that season and finished 27-11 with McMillan as interim head coach. After a surprise run to the Eastern Conference finals that included a second-round win over the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers, the Hawks hired McMillan full-time.

Source: Yahoo Sports

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