Charlotte Hornets proprietor Michael Jordan is predicted to fulfill with two finalists for the franchise’s teaching job this week, together with Mike D’Antoni, sources informed ESPN.
Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson is ready to fulfill with Jordan on Tuesday, and D’Antoni’s go to is predicted later within the week, sources stated.
Atkinson and D’Antoni have already had two conferences with administration, together with with normal supervisor Mitch Kupchak, within the Hornets’ course of, sources stated.
The Hornets fired James Borrego after 4 seasons in April.
D’Antoni was 217-102 in his 4 seasons (2016-2020) as Rockets coach, advancing as soon as to the Western Convention finals and 3 times to the convention semifinals. D’Antoni, a two-time NBA Coach of the Yr, led the Rockets to the best successful proportion within the Western Convention over these 4 years (.682), trailing solely the Toronto Raptors (.695) in your complete league.
Throughout 16 seasons as a head coach with Denver, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Houston, D’Antoni is 672-527 (.560) and 54-56 within the playoffs. He’s a two-time NBA coach of the yr (2004 and 2017).
Atkinson might develop into the second Golden State assistant coach poised to depart the Warriors and take over a brand new staff. Mike Brown was employed to educate the Sacramento Kings subsequent season.
Atkinson was 118-190 in three-plus years with the Nets, inheriting a full rebuild and displaying enchancment every season till resigning after an injury-plagued 2019-20 season. He spent the 2020-21 season with the Los Angeles Clippers as an assistant earlier than becoming a member of Kerr’s employees forward of this run to the NBA Finals.