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Kenny Atkinson spurns Hornets to remain on Warriors’ bench: report


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Golden Point out Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, fresh new off an NBA championship, reportedly turned down an offer to become the following head coach of the Charlotte Hornets.

Atkinson reversed class much more than a 7 days right after agreeing to a four-year deal with the Hornets, the described. The Hornets hardly ever introduced Atkinson as the new head coach and continue being just one of two teams in the NBA without the need of a head coach as the offseason nears.

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FILE - Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson watches during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Feb. 1, 2020, in Washington.

FILE – Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson watches all through the initially half of the team’s NBA basketball game from the Washington Wizards, Feb. 1, 2020, in Washington.
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It is unclear what sparked the reversal. Warriors played appeared to be thrilled when they heard the news Saturday the assistant coach was being on the personnel. Fellow assistant Mike Brown took the Sacramento Kings position in May perhaps.

“We knew the remarkable work Kenny did when he was in Brooklyn. That won’t get talked about sufficient,” Warriors guard Jordan Poole said. “For him to be in a position to bring all of the awareness and the perception and the beneficial emotion and militaristic push that he has, to already incorporate that to a winning culture is awesome. And we obtained a ring for the reason that of that. … He definitely is exceptionally invested and thinks we can do it once again. You want fellas like that and individuals like that.”

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Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, left, talks with assistant coach Mike Brown during a timeout during the first quarter of Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics, Friday, June 10, 2022, in Boston.

Golden Condition Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, left, talks with assistant mentor Mike Brown in the course of a timeout throughout the 1st quarter of Sport 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals from the Boston Celtics, Friday, June 10, 2022, in Boston.
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Andrew Wiggins added: “That indicates a ton. He gave up a head coaching job to appear back again.”

Atkinson has been regarded as a person of the top rated assistant coaches in the NBA. He was on the bench for the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks from 2008 to 2016 prior to acquiring a career with the Brooklyn Nets.

Atkinson was 118-190 with the Nets and created a single a playoff visual appearance.

He was with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2020-21 just before becoming a member of the Warriors prior to this period.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, center, celebrates with teammates as he holds the Bill Russell Trophy for Most Valuable Player after the Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 to win basketball's NBA Finals, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Boston.

Golden Condition Warriors guard Stephen Curry, middle, celebrates with teammates as he holds the Invoice Russell Trophy for Most Worthwhile Participant immediately after the Warriors defeat the Boston Celtics in Recreation 6 to acquire basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, June 16, 2022, in Boston.
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The Hornets fired James Borrego just after the 2021-22 year. Borrego was with Charlotte but unsuccessful to make the playoffs.

The contributed to this report.

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