In a shocking turn of events, Kenny Atkinson is no longer the Brooklyn Nets head coach.
Nets’ GM Sean Marks had this to say in a statement:
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. 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.”
The Nets signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving this offseason and though KD ( and now Kyrie) is out for the season, this season has not quite turned out how the franchise envisioned. The Nets currently sit at 26-34, seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Atkinson was in his fourth season with the club, where he had compiled a 118-190 record, including a playoff appearance in 2019.
Jacque Vaughn will assume head coaching duties for the remainder of the season.