The Los Angeles Lakers have been granted permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for the franchise’s teaching job, sources instructed ESPN on Wednesday.
The Lakers have been methodically assembly with candidates in current weeks and plan to speak with Atkinson within the close to future, sources mentioned.
Atkinson constructed a popularity for participant growth as each an assistant and head coach within the NBA. He spent three-plus years as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, who he led to a playoff look in his third season in 2018-2019.
Atkinson, who’s finishing his first season on Steve Kerr’s employees with the Warriors, additionally has emerged as a candidate within the Charlotte Hornets‘ search. Atkinson interviewed with the Hornets in current days, sources mentioned. Mike D’Antoni and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham are additionally critical candidates within the Hornets’ course of, sources mentioned.
The Lakers have talked with a number of coaches, together with Ham, former Portland coach Terry Stotts, Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin and former Golden State coach Mark Jackson. The Lakers have proven no urgency to make a rent within the close to future, neither is there any actual crucial to take action.
The Lakers fired Frank Vogel after a 33-49 season left them out of the postseason.
Atkinson was 118-190 in three-plus years with the Nets, inheriting a full rebuild and displaying enchancment every season till resigning after an injury-plagued 2019-2020 season. He spent the 2020-2021 season with the LA Clippers earlier than becoming a member of Kerr’s employees as one of many highest paid assistants within the league.
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