The Charlotte Hornets plan to appoint Kenny Atkinson as their next head coach, according to a report released by ESPN on Friday night.
Atkinson is currently working as an assistant to Steve Kerr’s staff at the Golden State Warriors. He will be allowed to stay with the Warriors until the end of the NBA Finals series with the Boston Celtics.
The Hornets needed a head coach after their breakup with James Borego, who scored 138-163 in four seasons with the franchise.
According to ESPN, Charlotte chose Atkinson over fellow finalist Mike D’Antoni. Both candidates met twice with front-office staff this week before meeting with Hornet owner Michael Jordan.
This will be Atkinson’s second major coaching job. He led the Brooklyn Nets in three plus seasons, posting 118-190 records as the franchise went through a rebuilding phase.
Atkinson was the assistant coach of the Los Angeles Clippers last season before joining the Kerr staff this season.
The Hornets are hoping for a six-year play-off drought snap. They went 43-39 in the regular season but lost a play-in game against the Atlanta Hawks.
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