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Lakers receive permission to interview Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for head coaching job, per report

The Los Angeles Lakers have acquired permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for their open head-coaching job, in accordance to Adrian Wojnarowski. Atkinson is the fifth candidate identified to interview for the place, following Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin, former Blazers coach Terry Stotts and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

Atkinson spent three and a half seasons coaching the Brooklyn Nets and was very profitable in that place. He took over a staff with only a few draft picks, and fewer established veterans, and helped construct them into the type of franchise that might entice established stars like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. That progress, in some methods, turned out to be Atkinson’s undoing. Suddenly merely making the playoffs with a younger staff was not sufficient, and he had to handle relationships with a few of the NBA‘s finest and most demanding gamers. He by no means managed to forge such a reference to Irving and Durant, however after spending the previous a number of years as an assistant for groups with related expertise, he could also be higher geared up to accomplish that this time round with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

Atkinson is finest identified for his work as a developmental coach. He made his title beneath Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta, and has finished a few of the finest developmental work in basketball over the previous two seasons, particularly. He spent the 2020-21 marketing campaign beneath Ty Lue with the Clippers, and there, he helped Terance Mann develop into one of many higher younger wings within the league. He moved on to Golden State this season, and certain sufficient, kids like Gary Payton II, Jordan Poole and Jonathan Kuminga have thrived beneath his watch.

The final time the Lakers went trying for a head coach, they solely supplied Lue and Frank Vogel three-year offers. The thought was to rent a coach prepared to win within the brief time period with out making a dedication for the lengthy haul. The Lakers nonetheless have James and Davis, and so they due to this fact nonetheless have an opportunity to win proper now. But the long run is creeping up on this staff rapidly, and in interviewing candidates like Atkinson, Ham and Griffin, the Lakers appear to be looking for a candidate who suits each timelines. 

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