Lakers receive permission to interview Kenny Atkinson

Kenny Atkinson will be interviewed by the Lakers to assess his capabilities as a possible new coach. The Los Angeles franchise has received permission from the Golden State Warriors to meet with their assistant coach, so they will meet with him in the near future, as ESPN journalist Adrian Wojnarowski has reported.

Atkinson has worked as an assistant in Clippers and Warriors these last two seasons respectively, since he was unable to find a position as head coach when he left the Nets in March 2020. After three and a half seasons in which Brooklyn grew from his hand , the franchise chose to fire him in a surprising way, leaving a vacancy that, after the bubble, would be filled by Steve Nash. According to rumours, the discontent of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who at that time were sidelined due to injury, had weight in said decision, although the real reason for it was never clarified.

Although his balance of 118 wins and 190 losses as head coach does not attract attention at first glance, the truth is that Kenny’s work was highly valued by many during his time in the Nets. The coach took a team in ashes and helped rebuild it little by little, turning Brooklyn into one of the surprises of the 18-19 season and an attractive project ahead of free agency that summer. In particular, his ability to develop young players was praised, as men like D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert played the best basketball of their careers under his tutelage.

All in all, the Lakers seem to be in a first phase of selection in which there are many technicians with whom they are having conversations as a filter. The next one will be a long process, and we’ll see if Atkinson manages to stick with it until the end.

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