NBA: Kenny Atkinson refuses Hornets to stay with Warriors

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Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson reacts against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of the 2022 NBA Finals at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on June 16, 2022. Elsa / Getty Images / AFP

Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, previously tabulated as the Charlotte Hornets’ top choice for their head coaching vacancy, has been selected to stay with Golden State, according to an ESPN report.

Atkinson, 55, had just helped the Warriors win their fourth NBA Championship in eight years, beating Boston Celtics 103-90 in a 4-2 game on Thursday night.

Atkinson was an assistant under head coach Steve Kerr for just one season. Prior to that, he was head coach of the Brooklyn Nets from 2016-20, setting a record of 118-190. He was also an assistant to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2020-21.

Hornets will return to the drawing board after settling on Atkinson to replace former coach James Borego, who made 138-163 in four seasons.

Longtime NBA coach Mike D’Antoni was another finalist for the open position, according to ESPN, and could be again.

Hornet is in a six-year play-off drought. They went 43-39 last season but lost a play-in game against the Atlanta Hawks 132-103 to miss the playoffs.

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