The Los Angeles Lakers have been granted permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for the franchise’s head-coaching job, sources informed ESPN on Wednesday.
The Lakers have been methodically assembly with candidates in latest weeks and plan to speak with Atkinson within the close to future, sources mentioned.
Atkinson constructed a status for participant improvement as each an assistant and head coach within the NBA. He spent three-plus years as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, whom he led to a playoff look in his third season in 2018-19.
Atkinson, who’s finishing his first season on Steve Kerr’s workers with the Warriors, has additionally emerged as a candidate within the Charlotte Hornets’ seek for a brand new head coach. Atkinson interviewed with the Hornets in latest days, sources mentioned. Mike D’Antoni and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham are additionally critical candidates within the Hornets’ course of, sources mentioned.
The Lakers have talked with a number of coaches, together with Ham, former Portland Path Blazers head coach Terry Stotts, Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin and former Golden State head coach Mark Jackson. The Lakers have proven no urgency to make a rent within the close to future neither is there any actual crucial to take action.
The Lakers fired Frank Vogel after a 33-49 season left them out of the postseason.
Atkinson was 118-190 in three-plus years with the Nets, inheriting a full rebuild and displaying enchancment every season till resigning after an injury-plagued 2019-20 marketing campaign. He spent the 2020-21 season with the LA Clippers, earlier than becoming a member of Kerr’s workers as one of many highest-paid assistants within the league.