Brooklyn named as new coach Kenny Atkinson, who still serves as assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks.The New York coach is an old acquaintance of the Spanish fans after spending four years playing in the National Basketball after passing through the ranks of Canoe, Zamora, Salamanca (with whom he came to debut in the ACB) and Calpe Aguas Valencia. Four years in which he met his wife, Spanish, and got dual nationality, being therefore the first coach with Spanish nationality as head coach sit on a bench in the NBA.
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Atkinson will continue with the Hawks until the team completes its participation in the competition finals where they play the first round against the Boston Celtics 1-0 lead in the series best of seven.Russian Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the team, said that “Atkinson begins a new era of Nets”.
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He stressed that “in addition to his great skills and experience, have the mindset we need to build a winning team.”While Sean Marks, general manager of the Nets, confirmed through a statement that “we are happy to report that Atkinson is our new coach.”
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He added that after Atkinson has worked alongside coaches like Mike Budenholzer and Mike D’Antoni has achieved the bases and experience the Nets were looking for in a coach.”I am honored and humbled to be named coach of the Nets,” Atkinson, who becomes the twenty-first coach in the history of the Hawks said.He added that he recognized and thanked the whole organization of the Hawks for their cooperation and support during this process.”While I am eager to start working with the Nets, I remain committed to my responsibilities training with the Hawks for the rest of the finals,” he said.Atkinson, 48, a native of Northport (New York) is the sixth coach of the Nets, behind shares of Avery Johnson, PJ Carlesimo, Jason Kidd, Tony Brown and Lionel Hollins.The Nets fired Hollins in January, after having had 10-27 mark, and Brown was in charge of the team as interim coach, but the team finished the season with a 21-61 mark, the worst since the 2009-10 and the second worst record in the Eastern Conference.Atkinson, who before coming to the NBA was also a player who played in European basketball, including the Spanish, has served as an assistant with the Hawks in the last four seasons, and between 2008 and 2012 it was with the Knicks NY.With the arrival of Atkinson surprising the Nets bench reclose the doors to Ettore Messina, who was one of the names that sounded harder to train Brooklyn franchise