Mark Bradley: It had to happen: The Hawks fire Lloyd Pierce

This had to happen. The Hawks have made seven Round 1 picks over the past four NBA drafts. They spent big over the summer to buy themselves veterans who could shoot and/or defend and/or both. They awoke Monday in 11th place in the NBA East, which wouldn’t qualify them for this season’s 10-teams-per-conference playoff. They’ll awaken Tuesday without the head coach hired to oversee this rebuild. The Hawks fired Lloyd Pierce on Monday. The first casualty of rebuilding is patience – the higher-ups always believe progress shouldn’t be so slow in coming – but it was clear progress had ceased under P…

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