Kenny Atkinson Firing: Owner Consulted Players Before Making the Decision

Published 03/07/2020, 2:09 PM EST


Brooklyn Nets parted ways with coach Kenny Atkinson on mutual terms. The Nets confirmed the news with a press release on Sunday morning.

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“After discussions with Kenny about the progress of the season, we mutually agreed that a coaching change would be in the best interest of the team,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks said as per the press release. “This was an extremely difficult decision, however the organization believes it is one that is necessary at this time.

Kenny was instrumental in developing our players and building the identity and culture we have become known for over these past four seasons. The foundation he helped put into place here is one that we will continue to build on in the coming seasons. We are forever grateful for all of Kenny’s hard work and dedication to the Nets and the Brooklyn community. Kenny, Laura and the Atkinson family will always remain a part of our Nets family and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

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Brooklyn Nets owner consulted players before making the decision to sack Kenny Atkinson

The news came in as a surprise given the Nets performances this season. In spite of a few major injuries, the Nets have managed a decent record in the season so far.

The sudden change in coaching gave rise to speculations of whether the players were unhappy with Atkinson. A few reports suggest that Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai made the decision after consulting the players.

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After parting ways with Atkinson, the Nets will have Jacque Vaughn as their coach for the rest of the season. The selection of a new permanent coach will now depend upon what would suit their new superstar duo of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Whoever it might be, the Nets will have eyes on the Championship next season.

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