The social media world reacted with shock after Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson informed the Charlotte Hornets that he wouldn’t change into the staff’s head coach as was beforehand reported.
Atkinson will stay with the Warriors as an assistant as they rejoice the 2022 NBA Finals victory and look to defend their title.
Monte Poole, NBC Sports Bay Area columnist, tweeted that Atkinson spent the week coping with “mixed emotions about leaving the Warriors” for Charlotte. He stated that Atkinson “listened to his heart. And his family.”
The determination prompted scorn from Hornets followers, together with James Plowright, the positioning content material supervisor for Sports Illustrated’s FanNation Hornets’ website. He referred to as Atkinson’s determination “unprofessional” and stated he embarrassed the Hornets.
“No problem with him not accepting the job but do it from the off, left Charlotte in the most difficult of positions now. Expect [Mike] D’Antoni to be named shortly,” he stated.
Longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein additionally linked Charlotte and D’Antoni, calling him the staff’s “previous runner-up” within the teaching search.
Dieter Kurtenbach, sports activities columnist for the Bay Area News Group, stated that “there’s no luxury tax on assistant coaches” earlier than tweeting in a reply that “Kenny agreed to take the Hornets job. Then they started talking scratch.”
The Athletic’s senior NBA columnist and former Memphis Grizzlies VP John Hollinger questioned if the transfer may point out a future Warriors head teaching place for Atkinson after present head coach Steve Kerr retired.