Mike D’Antoni and Kenny Atkinson closest to the Hornets job

2022-06-01T11:41:49+00:00 2022-06-01T11:41:49+00:00.


01/Jun/22 11:41


Mike D’Antoni and Kenny Atkinson are leading in the race for the Charlotte Hornets head coaching position

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

The NBA action for the 2021-22 campaign is reaching its end but some teams have been done for a while and have already been active on the market for various changes.

Coaches were the focus of many teams and, after Mike Brown signed with Sacramento and Darvin Ham took over the Lakers, Charlotte is the only destination without a coach for now.

However, that is expected to change soon. Two candidates are at the forefront of the team’s search – Mike D’Antoni and Kenny Atkinson, according to Bleacher Report.’s Jake Fischer. 

That said, no candidate has met with Charlotte principal governor Michael Jordan, believed to be the final step in the Hornets‘ search process. That round of interviews could begin soon after Jordan returns from an out-of-market vacation.

D’Antoni has long been categorized as the true front-runner for the position, keeping in mind his previous success unlocking Steve Nash in Phoenix and then James Harden with the Rockets. He is seen by some as the ideal coach to oversee the next step of LaMelo Ball’s progression.

Atkinson’s noted background in player development, highlighted by his success as the head coach in Brooklyn, would seem to align more with a young team hoping to rise out of the Eastern Conference play-in tournament and into the postseason.