Kenny Atkinson Rumors

Mikhail Prokhorov to sell minority stake in Nets?

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Ohm Youngmisuk: Mikhail Prokhorov reiterated he will remain majority owner of the Nets and said he is actively searching for a minority ownership partner to “strengthen” the team’s presence in New York. “I’m passionate about owning the Nets and our emerging sports and entertainment businesses, and will continue to look at growth opportunities,” Prokhorov said in a statement. “… I’m proud of the steps we’ve taken this year, including the opening of the world-class HSS Training Center and developing a new culture with GM Sean Marks and Head Coach Kenny Atkinson. I’m committed to the Nets and will remain the majority owner of the team.”
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As if the climb were not steep enough, the Nets have also been trying to survive without Lin, who has been sidelined since Nov. 2 with a hamstring injury. Lin, the team’s starting point guard, has remained involved by manning a clipboard on the bench during games so he can chart a self-styled version of offensive-efficiency statistics. “Linology,” Atkinson said. “It’s beautiful. It’s his way of showing he cares. He asked me if he could do it, and I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ And he just does it, and he hands it to me after every game, and then I hand it to — you know, I’m not exactly sure where it goes.”
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In Germany, his team’s uniforms were laundered by Dirk Nowitzki’s mother. In Italy, a trainer offered him a black-market cellphone. In the Netherlands, he played for a team called the Demon Astronauts. “It’s such a strange existence,” he said. “You come home in the summer and people are like, ‘Where have you been?’ And you’re back and you’re waiting for your next job, and your mom is asking you where you’re going next season. I remember one time I had my bags packed to play in Italy, and I wound up in Germany.” But Atkinson said he loved everything about it: the culture, the competition, the camaraderie. “What’s the word in Spanish? Trotamundos,” he said, which translates to globe-trotter.
As a player, Atkinson spent 13 years hopscotching across Europe, where he was employed by no fewer than 14 teams. His longest contract was for two seasons. In Germany, his team’s uniforms were laundered by Dirk Nowitzki’s mother. In Italy, a trainer offered him a black-market cellphone. In the Netherlands, he played for a team called the Demon Astronauts. “It’s such a strange existence,” he said. “You come home in the summer and people are like, ‘Where have you been?’ And you’re back and you’re waiting for your next job, and your mom is asking you where you’re going next season. I remember one time I had my bags packed to play in Italy, and I wound up in Germany.” But Atkinson said he loved everything about it: the culture, the competition, the camaraderie. “What’s the word in Spanish? Trotamundos,” he said, which translates to globe-trotter.
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Atkinson knew all about the draft-pick challenge when new general manager Sean Marks brought him to Brooklyn. “I was fully aware and understand the situation,” Atkinson said. “For us, we never even address it, we don’t even talk about it. We focus on our team. Sean did a great job bringing a group that’s fun to coach and a group that’s going to compete. That’s all we are focused on right now.”