Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce counts his blessings during the COVID-19 crisis
While the COVID-19 pandemic has led some to cabin fever, Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce sees opportunity. Being sheltered-in-place is giving Pierce quality with his wife and 20-month-old daughter along with a chance to pursue personal growth. With the NBA season put on pause, Pierce explains how he keeps his young team together with laughter when they are apart and how his players keep themselves physically ready for a hopeful resumption of the season. He tells Dave what inspired him to get into the profession along with his binge-watching favorites and a thorough breakdown of Tiger King.
Atlanta Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce Embraces Blessings Through the Crisis
"It's really an opportunity for me to try and get better as a person, as a coach, as a human being and as a family member. I say it all the time. 'I'm not afraid to learn.' And so I'm using every opportunity that I can to learn something new. Everybody's on Zoom; everybody's on Facetime chats. I'm doing a lot of audio books. I'm trying to read from and hear everything I possibly can. It's a great opportunity to just grow."
"I believe we all have depression at certain times of our lives. I believe all have highs too high and lows too low and that's part of being a human being. It's how you deal with those and it's being able to talk to friends, family, teammates, coaches, co-workers and find a safe place where you can admit 'I'm not okay.' And that's what we hope that this documentary leads to."
Before becoming an Academy Award winning actor, Mahershala Ali was known as Mahershala Gilmore as a college basketball player at Saint Mary's. A cassette was found with Gilmore and the Gaels playing Santa Clara on Feb. 18, 1996.
"We had two and half minutes to talk. None of the coaches did for about two minutes and 20 seconds. And then I kind of realized what we needed to do. And I said to the team, 'Gentlemen, we need to score." And we broke and went out and ended up winning the game. So it just goes to show you how important coaching is. You have to be technically very sound."
"There's nights I have to work until 8 a.m. and then have my morning staff meeting with the Mudbugs at 8:45. So I have to go straight from the casino to the staff meeting and start my day like it never ended. Those are days you're not seeing correctly. Sometimes, you're sleep deprived and I'm asking myself, 'What are you doing here?' Am I seriously going to work insane hours, have no life outside these two jobs, just to try to make it, TRY to make it as a hockey broadcaster?"