Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, who was previously voted Charlotte Hornets’ best choice for their vacant head coach position, has chosen to stay at Golden State, according to an ESPN report.
The 55-year-old Atkinson has just helped the Warriors win their fourth NBA championship in eight years, beating the Boston Celtics 103-90 in Game 6 on Thursday night to take the series 4-2.
Atkinson has been an assistant to head coach Steve Kerr for just one season. He was previously the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets from 2016-20, setting a record of 118-190. He was also an assistant to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2020-21.
The Hornets will return to the drawing board after focusing on Atkinson as their primary choice to replace former coach James Borego, who scored 138-163 in four seasons.
Longtime NBA coach Mike D’Antoni was another finalist for the open position, according to ESPN, and could be again.
The Hornets are in the midst of a six-year drought in the playoffs. They passed 43-39 last season, but lost a game to the Atlanta Hawks 132-103 to miss the playoffs.
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