“KD Already Got Him Fired”: NBA Fans Bewildered After LeBron James’ Lakers Rumored to Sign Warriors Assistant Coach

Published 05/12/2022, 7:00 AM EDT
May 25, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammates against the Phoenix Suns during the first half in game two of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

This off-season, there will be a lot for the Los Angeles Lakers to figure out as this season’s performance was below expectations and a lot of work needs to be done. One thing that LeBron James’ team is actively looking for is Frank Vogel’s replacement for the head coach’s position. 

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They are interviewing candidates for this job before creating a final list of candidates. In this case, it looks as if the Lakers’ one has been found according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There are currently no official announcements from the franchise about Kenny Atkinson becoming the next head coach, but reports suggest that this is the case.

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Atkinson works as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors as of right now. Atkinson was not the only candidate the Lakers interviewed. Adrian Griffin, Darvin Ham, Mark Jackson, and Terry Stotts were also interviewed. In addition, Atkinson also served as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. However, that didn’t go well for him.

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During his time with the Nets, former Laker D’Angelo Russell, as well as Spencer Dinwiddie, Joe Harris, Caris LeVert, and Jarrett Allen surrounded him. After reading this news in the media, NBA fans took to social media to express their opinions. The rumors of the Lakers taking the Warriors’ Assistant Coach got the fans talking.

Does Kenny Atkinson have a history with the Nets and would he make a good addition to LeBron James’ squad?

In the 2018-2019 season, the Nets made the playoffs for the first time in four years. As it turned out, Atkinson was fired three-quarters of the way through the following season. The news came out that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant had some issues with this and had a say in it.

Social media users shared their opinions on this topic after hearing the news. Among the comments were: “KD already got him fired, Bron gotta chew up him before the deadline”. Some Warriors fans were disappointed as their reaction was quite visible on social media.

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It will be interesting to see what happens next, especially with the Laker’s current situation, they need a strong candidate to go further. Hopefully, this will be a good start for the Lakers if the news becomes official. Please share your thoughts on this in the comment section below.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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