Report: Warriors' Kenny Atkinson Agrees to 4-Year Contract as Hornets' New Head Coach
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year deal with Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson to be their new head coach.
The Athletic and Stadium's Shams Charania was the first to announce that the two sides were close to reaching an agreement.
On June 3, The Athletic's Shams Charania and Sam Amick claimed that Atkinson had "emerged as a front-runner" for the job and had met with team officials, including chairman Michael Jordan.
Atkinson would take over for James Borrego, who was sacked in April after leading the team to a 138-163 record in four seasons.
During the 2021-22 season, Atkinson worked as an assistant coach for the Warriors under Steve Kerr. He's best known for leading the Brooklyn Nets' reconstruction
which he completed in his third season as head coach in 2018-19 by leading the team to the playoffs.
Atkinson and the Nets parted ways a little more than halfway through the following season, and he has a career record of 118-190 as a head coach.
In 2021-22, the Hornets went 43-39. After going 33-39 in 2020-21 and 23-42 in 2019-20, the squad improved by ten wins for the second straight season
For the second year in a row, Charlotte lost their first play-in tournament game as the No. 10 seed, extending its postseason absence to a sixth season.
Atkinson inherits a talented young roster led by LaMelo Ball, the team's point guard.
As an injury replacement, the 20-year-old was named to his first All-Star Game in 2021-22. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game, ranking ninth in the NBA in the latter category
During the regular season, the Hornets offence ranked fourth in the NBA with 115.3 points per game.
Charlotte will also have the opportunity to add another excellent player in the NBA draught on June 23, with the No. 13 choice near the conclusion of the lottery.
The Hornets will continue to pursue the success that has eluded them for years now, with Atkinson at the helm.