Kenny Atkinson turned down an offer to coach the Hornets

A week after reports emerged that Golden State Warriors assistant coach was Kenny Atkinson close to a deal to become the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, Atkinson decided to reject the Hornets’ offer, according to Adrian Voinarovski of ESPN.

Atkinson, 55, was reportedly offered a job as head coach of the Hornets while the Warriors played in the 2022 NBA Finals. After further talks, Atkinson decided to stay with the Warriors. On Thursday night, Golden State defeated the Boston Celtics in six games to win its fourth NBA title in eight years.

Charlotte fired head coach James Borego in April after four seasons. The team finished the 2021-22 season in 10th place in the Eastern Conference with a record 43-39. That was enough for a place in the NBA tournament, but the Hornets lost 132-103 to the Atlanta Hawks and were eliminated from the race after the season.

Charlotte also finished 10th in the 2020-21 season and lost 144-117 to the Indiana Pacers in the Play-In.

Atkinson previously spent three seasons as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets before he and the team mutually agreed are separated after the 2019-20 season. He was an assistant to the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2020-21 season, before joining the Warriors in August. 2021

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