Every four years before the olympics, there is a worldwide basketball tournament, the FIBA World Cup, to see who qualifies for the Olympic Games. As usual, the United States will have a team competing for a spot in the next Olympics, which is in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
Originally, the Indiana Pacers’ head coach, Nate McMillan was supposed to help assist Team USA, but he had to withdraw due to scheduling conflicts. The team decided to reach out to the Atlanta Hawks’ first year coach with a job opportunity.
Pierce will be assisting alongside coach Steve Kerr of the defending NBA champs, Golden State Warriors, Jay Wright of the defending NCAA champs, Villanova Wildcats. They will all be assisting under The San Antonio Spurs’ head coach and coaching legend, Greg Popovich.
Pierce is very grateful for this stating, “It’s an honor to receive this opportunity to represent our country and to work with such great coaches and staff. My family and I are excited about and committed to enjoying this journey.”
This incredible opportunity may actually benefit the Atlanta Hawks’ future. Coach Pierce will get some really helpful coaching experience alongside some coaches that are already proven to be great. He can learn a lot from them by observing and asking questions. Pierce could apply some of the methods he learns to the Hawks and really improve this team. Lloyd Pierce could really grow as a coach during the FIBA World Cup and hopefully the Olympics and carry it over to the Hawks next season.
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