Kenny Atkinson favorite for Hornets coaching job


Who will succeed James Borrego on the Charlotte bench? While Darvin Ham will join the Lakers, there are three finalists for the position of « head coach » of the Hornets: Mike D’Antoni, Terry Stotts and Kenny Atkinson.

The former master of « 7 Seconds or Less » seemed to hold the rope until now, GM Mitch Kupchak hoping to find the technician who will take this group, led by LaMelo Ball, to a course in order to access the playoffs.

But according to The Athletic, it is now Kenny Atkinson, former Brooklyn coach (2016-2020) and now assistant to Steve Kerr at the Warriors, who is the favorite. Having celebrated his 55th birthday yesterday, he will meet the Hornets for the third time next week, Michael Jordan being present this time.

A sign that it is getting very serious. It must be said that Kenny Atkinson, with his profile more defensive and more formative than Mike D’Antoni and Terry Stotts, seems to stick better to the workforce of North Carolina.

For Mitch Kupchak, recently extended, the objective is thus above all to help his young players to progress, in particular on the defensive level. The Hornets were thus the 8th best offense in the league this season (113.6 points scored on 100 possessions) but only the 22nd defense (113.1 points against 100 possessions).

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