Atkinson's decision comes just two days winning the 2022 NBA Finals in his first season on the Golden State's coaching staff.
After initially agreeing to become the next head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson has decided to stay with Golden State and become Steve Kerr's top assistant, sources confirmed to The Athletic Saturday.
Atkinson, 55, served as the Nets coach from 2016-2020. His record was 118-190, with the Nets making the playoffs under Atkinson in 2018-19. After stepping down on March 7, 2020, he became an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers for one season before joining the Warriors.
Two-time Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni and former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts were among the finalists in the Hornets’ coaching search, according to sources.
Atkinson's decision comes just two days after winning the 2022 NBA Finals in his first season on Golden State's coaching staff.Kenny Atkinson staying with Warriors as top assistant, won't become Hornets head coach: Sources - The Athletic View Story