The Charlotte Hornets is a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. The Hornets are members of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Southeast Conference and play their home games at the Spectrum Center in Uptown Charlotte. Michael Jordan, the Basketball Hall of Fame, is very interested in the Charlotte Hornets, whom he bought in 2010.
Hornets Intend To Hire Kenny Atkinson As Their Next Head Coach NBA Update!
Atkinson is presently working as an assistant coach for Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors. He will be permitted to remain with the Warriors until the conclusion of their NBA Finals series against the Boston Celtics.
After parting company with James Borrego, who finished 138-163 in four seasons with the Hornets, the team required a new head coach.
Charlotte chose Atkinson over fellow finalist Mike D’Antoni. Before meeting with Hornets owner Michael Jordan this week, both finalists met with front-office officials twice. This will be Atkinson’s second season as a head coach. He coached the Brooklyn Nets for three seasons, compiling a 118-190 record when the team was rebuilding.
Last season, Atkinson worked as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers before joining Kerr’s staff this year. The Hornets are looking to end a six-year absence in the playoffs. They finished the regular season with a 43-39 record but lost a play-in game against the Atlanta Hawks.
About Kenneth Neal Atkinson
Kenneth Neal Atkinson is the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets National Basketball Association. He is an American professional basketball coach and former NBA player.
He was the head coach of Brooklyn Netz from 2016 to 2020. Born in Huntington, New York, Atkinson attended the University of Richmond and introduced spiders to Sweet Sixteen in 1988.
On August 6, 2008, Atkinson joined the New York Knicks as an assistant coach under Mike Day Anthony.
After four seasons in the Knicks, he was joined by Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer in 2012. Following the end of the Hawks season on April 17, 2016, it was revealed that Atkinson would be the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets.
On October 26, 2016, Atkinson made his NBA head coaching debut, and the Nets defeated the Indiana Pacers 103–94 the next night, giving him his first win as an NBA head coach.
Brook Lopez, who was moved to the Los Angeles Lakers in an off-season transaction, left Atkinson’s second season with the Nets. The Nets were competitive early in the season until going 1–9 in February, thus ruining their chances of making the playoffs. The Nets concluded the season with a 28–54 record, an increase of eight games over the previous season.
In his third season with Netz, Atkinson led the club to a record 42-40, a 14-game improvement over the previous season, and sixth place in the playoffs. In the first round of the playoffs, the Nets lost 76 games to the Philadelphia 76ers.
On March 7, 2020, Atkinson resigned as Netz manager, and on November 16, 2020, he was replaced as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Clippers under Tyrone Lowe, and on August 13, 2021, the Golden State Warriors assistant coach was appointed. Tyrone Lowe.
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