The Playoffs – Kenny Atkinson backs, won’t accept Hornets head coach

The Charlotte Hornets had a “cold shower” this Saturday (18). According to ESPN sources, Kenny Atkinson has informed the team that he will remain as the assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, denying the possibility of a head coach in Charlotte.

During the NBA Finals last week, Atkinson reportedly accepted the Hornets offer to take him as the team’s new head coach. However, according to ESPN sources, he believes that personally and professionally, the best way is to follow the defending Warriors champions.

Atkinson and the Hornets basically agreed to a four-year contract, but the agreement was never signed, according to sources.

Atkinson had already moved three times in three years – leaving his job as head coach for the Brooklyn Nets and becoming an assistant in a number of years with the Los Angeles Clippers and then the Golden State. Atkinson will return for the new NBA champions for the second season under Steve Kerr.

Atkinson notified Charlotte and the State of Gold over his decision Saturday, sources said. He will be the Golden State assistant general, who will not be with Mike Brown after accepting the position of head coach with the Sacramento Kings.

Atkinson was one of the last three to become Hornets’ head coach, but he was the only candidate to meet owner Michael Jordan – which he did on June 8 in Boston. Long-serving NBA coaches Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts were also in the final group in the process, and could be candidates again when Charlotte general manager Mitch Kupchak resumes the search to replace James Borrego, who left after the season. 2021-22 league ends.

Atkinson was 118-190 for more than three years with the Nets, inheriting full construction and showing improvement every season until he left after a season full of injuries 2019-20. He spent the 2020-21 season with the Clippers as an assistant before joining Steve Kerr’s Golden State team to win the NBA.

In total, he spent nine seasons as an NBA assistant, four with the New York Knick, three with the Atlanta Hawks and one with the Clippers and Heroes.

The Hornets have missed out on qualifying for six consecutive seasons, the longest drought in the history of gambling and the second longest, behind only the Kings who have been without a season for sixteen years. But Charlotte has several constraints on the team that went from 43-39 during the regular season to playing a game. The team includes interesting names such as All-Star LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, who should be a banned agent.

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