Kenny Atkinson ‘rises’ to become Charlotte Hornets head coach


Former Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is the most likely candidate to coach the Charlotte Hornets for the upcoming NBA season.

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Charlotte, first published June 1, 2022, 2:59 p.m. IST

According to NBA insider Jake Fischer, after a month of searching for a job, former Brooklyn Nets head coach and current Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson is “growing in size” for the job. coach of the Charlotte Hornets. Atkinson, who served as the Nets head coach between 2016 and 2020, was one of three candidates for the Hornets, along with former head coach and current Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni and Darvin Ham, who is out fight after joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

Regarding Atkinson and the Hornets, Fischer said: “The word seemed to indicate that Atkinson was gaining momentum in the search for the Hornets. He phoned several current Hornets staff and league staff familiar with the Charlotte organization, sources said and projected great confidence that the job would ultimately be his.”

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“Atkinson has been described as an extended person, and several figures close to the coach have indicated that his search calls were simply a mark of his personality and approach. Atkinson’s remarkable experience in player development , highlighted by his success as a head coach in Brooklyn, would align himself more with a young team that hopes to get out of the Eastern Conference play-off and into the playoffs,” said added Fischer.

Between 2016 and 2020, Atkinson coached the Nets, which he took from one of the league’s worst teams to a 2018-19 NBA playoff team. After stepping down as head coach of the Nets in March 2020, Atkinson served as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Charlotte’s head coaching job became available after the Hornets relieved James Borrego of his duties after a second straight outing in the Play-In Tournament [in April 2022].

Last updated Jun 1, 2022 2:59 PM IST

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