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NBA rumors: Warriors’ Kenny Atkinson emerges as Hornets coach front-runner

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After being omitted by the Los Angeles Lakers for his or her head coaching role, there’s still a probability Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson might be leading from a unique sideline next season. 

Atkinson is a front-runner to grow to be the brand new head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, The Athletic’s Shams Chrania and Sam Amick reported on Friday, citing sources. He had previously been reported as a finalist for the Lakers job, however the organization went with Darvin Ham as a substitute.

As he went through the interview process with Los Angeles, Atkinson was concurrently doing the identical with the Hornets. 

Now, Atkinson will meet with Charlotte officials — including team owner Michael Jordan — next week and is in competition with two-time NBA Coach of the 12 months Mike D’Antoni and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts for the job, in accordance with Chrania and Amick’s report.

Atkinson joined Steve Kerr’s bench as an assistant coach for Golden State prior to the 2021-22 season and previously served as coach of the Brooklyn Nets from 2016 to 2020.

Should he earn the Hornets job, Atkinson could be the second Warriors assistant in lower than 4 weeks to be named head coach of one other team after Mike Brown was announced as the brand new Sacramento Kings coach on May 9.

The chances of which might be looking good, as Chrania and Amick also reported, citing sources, that Atkinson’s meeting will likely be the primary to incorporate Jordan.

 

That is the third head coaching role Atkinson has been considered for for the reason that NBA’s regular season led to April; along with the Lakers’ then-vacant position, he was also in the combination for the Kings’ coaching job.

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After compiling a 43-39 record in 2021-22, the Hornets were eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks within the Play-In Tournament.

Atkinson has previously described himself as an out-of-the-box thinker, and along with his previous coaching experience, it’s no wonder he has emerged as a front-runner to guide the Hornets.

Within the meantime, nonetheless, Atkinson has a unique task at hand as he prepares for Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Boston Celtics, set for Sunday at Chase Center.

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