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Warrior Ass. Coach makes shocking decision after accepting Hornet’s job

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Kenny Atkinson has changed his mind about becoming the Charlotte Hornets’ next head coach, a new report says.

The Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach had accepted an offer to fill Charlotte’s job during the NBA Finals, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Atkinson got cold feet discussing discussions with the Hornets.

“ESPN sources: Kenny Atkinson has decided that he will not become the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and will remain at Golden State as a top assistant,” Wojnarowski said tweeted. “After being offered a job during the NBA Finals, further discussions led Atkinson to believe it would be best to stay with Warriors.”

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As ESPN’s Wojnarowski reported, Atkinson and the Hornets had agreed in principle on a four-year contract, but had not yet finalized all the details. Had he accepted the job at Charlotte, it would have been the fourth change in the past three years for Atkinson, who was fired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets in March 2020 and then accepted assistant jobs with the Los Angeles Clippers and Warriors.

As Wojnarowski reported, Atkinson announced his decision to both the Hornets and Warriors on Saturday and will return to his position as top assistant at the Golden State. It came as a shock to the Hornets, Bleacher reports Jake Fischer tweeted.

Kenny Atkinson had called all of Charlotte’s assistant coaches and was planning to meet with all of the Hornets’ staffers before the NBA draft next week after he arrived in town. A stunning turn of events for sure,” he wrote.

Atkinson had indicated leaving Golden State was a very difficult decision. In an interview with Heavy.com’s Steve Bulpet on June 8, just before he took the job at Charlotte, Atkinson said he’s happy to get interviews with the head coach, but he loves his life in the Bay Area.

“It’s a great experience to be considered (for head coaching jobs) but, man, I’m in such a great place — not just from basketball, but from living in California, the Bay Area, the whole thing . Children love school, women love them,” he said.

“So that almost takes the pressure off when you’re really in a good situation. I mean, I’m still competitive, and I’m trying to do my best in interviews and everything, but I’m also saying in the back of my mind, man, if I don’t get another chance, I’m going to do it in a great, great situation.”

Atkinson added that he has a great relationship with Warriors head coach Steve. When Get got the opportunity to join Kerr’s staff, Atkinson said he jumped at it.

Atkinson’s decision to stay will bring some continuity to Kerr’s staff, as assistant Mike Brown will leave to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

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