DIt must be complicated and you have to have compelling reasons to say “no” to Michael Jordan, but Kenny Atkinson has done it. The Spanish coach, then he has nationality by being married to a Sevillianhad a agreement to manage the Hornets, the franchise owned by ‘Air’. However, he has broken it and will continue to serve as Steve Kerr’s assistant on the Warriors, recently proclaimed NBA champions. In Charlottewhere did it come from James BorregoThey should keep looking for a technician.
Atkinson has stood up Jordan after everything was closed. The journalist Adrian Wojnarowski recently assured that the one who seemed to be the future coach of the Hornets had Arranged meetings with staff members and franchise personnelbut that everyone in Charlotte found out about the swerve through the press. Apparently, the resignation may be due to personal reasons and the lack of desire to make a new move, since Atkinson He has gone through the Nets, where he was head coach, the Clippers and the Warriors in just three courses.
Jordan had met with Atkinson to evaluate the technician and his impression had been so positive that he had no further meetings with any other candidate. It was valued at Terry Stotts y Mike D’Antoniwho are now likely to be back in the running for the Hornets’ bench.
Player career in Spain
Before starting his life as a coach, Atkinson played in Spainwhere he arrived in 1993 to enroll in the Canoe and then played in the Toro de Zamora Wine. There she found the opportunity to debut in the ACB, even if they were only three minutes in the course 95-96. The Zamorano team was linked to the Salamancawhich during that season had a large number of casualties. Peter Martinezthen the team’s coach, pulled that 1.85-meter point guard in a match against San Fernando Box. Atkinson lived a last Spanish stage in the Waters of Calpe before going to Italy, France, Germany and Holland.
He retired in the Nantes French and his first adventure as an assistant coach was in the Paris Racing. Later he held the same position in the Knicks and the Hawks before making his debut as head coach in the NBA with the Nets, whom he managed between 2016 and 2020. The coach later returned to the background on the Clippers bench and is now with the Warriors, with whom he just won the ring. Besides, he was Dominican Republic manager.