Sources: Atkinson spurns Hornets for Warriors

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Kenny Atkinson has determined he will not develop into the Charlotte Hornets‘ head coach and as an alternative will stay with the Golden State Warriors as the highest assistant, sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Atkinson was provided the job in the course of the NBA Finals, however after additional conversations Atkinson was led to imagine it might be finest to stay with the Warriors.

The Hornets had narrowed their search to Atkinson with Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts the opposite finalists for the job, based on sources. Charlotte is seeking to exchange James Borrego, who was fired in April after going 138-163 in his 4 seasons with the workforce.

Atkinson was 118-190 in three-plus years with the Brooklyn Nets, inheriting a full rebuild and exhibiting enchancment every season till he resigned after an injury-plagued 2019-20 season. He spent the 2020-21 season with the LA Clippers as an assistant earlier than becoming a member of Steve Kerr’s employees in Golden State.

Total, he has spent 9 seasons as an NBA assistant, together with 4 with the New York Knicks, three with the Atlanta Hawks and one every with the Clippers and Warriors.

The Hornets have missed the playoffs in six consecutive seasons, the longest drought in franchise historical past and second-longest energetic streak behind the Kings (16). However Charlotte has a number of constructing blocks on a workforce that went 43-39 in the course of the common season to succeed in the play-in recreation, together with All-Star LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges, who is ready to be a restricted free agent.

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