The Charlotte Hornets have decided to hire Kenny Atkinson to be their newest head coach starting this upcoming 2022-2023 season (h/t Shams Charania of The Athletic).
Atkinson will leave his assistant coaching duties on the Golden State Warriors to handle the talented Hornets squad that features LaMelo Ball and Miles Bridges. He’ll take the vacant coaching helm of the franchise on a four-year contract upon the dismissal of James Borrego last April.
Atkinson has bested fellow finalist and former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni in the race towards the coveted position. Charania has noted that the 55-year-old tactician have met with owner Michael Jordan and the other high-ranking Charlotte officials for his third interview on Wednesday.
The Hornets are looking to get over the hump after back-to-back years of failure to bid a postseason ticket from the Play-in tournament. With Atkinson now, the club is highly optimistic that they’ll attain the next level of contention in the Eastern Conference and earn a seat in the playoffs that they haven’t done yet since 2016.
Known for developing a young and promising team, Atkinson started his head coaching stint with the Brooklyn Nets way back 2016-2017 season. He led them to a playoff appearance in 2019 before departing the following year.