“We are thrilled to announce Kenny Atkinson as our new head coach and to welcome him and his family to Brooklyn,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “Kenny’s years of NBA coaching experience working under successful head coaches such as Mike Budenholzer and Mike D’Antoni have provided him with the foundation and experience we were looking for in a head coach. We believe that Kenny’s core principles, leadership, communication skills and exceptional background in player development make him an ideal fit for the culture we are building in Brooklyn.”(ESPN)
Atkinson becomes the team’s sixth coach since it moved to Brooklyn prior to the 2012-13 season, following Avery Johnson, P.J. Carlesimo, Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins and Tony Brown.
Atkinson, who is originally from Long Island, has been an assistant with the Hawks for the past four seasons. Also, he was an assistant with the New York Knicks from 2008 to ’12.
We wish Atkinson, the Nets, good luck next season and the Hawks good luck during this year’s postseason.