Atkinson went undrafted and cut from tryouts with the Suns and Knicks in the summer of 1991. After stints in the USBL and CBA, he played in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. “You should see his résumé,’’ Tarrant said. “Kenny speaks five languages: French, Spanish, Italian, German and English. So he understands not only the languages but customs of the global player. I think all that helped with the ownership in Brooklyn.’’
D’Antoni had called it a coup when Atlanta hired Atkinson, and then-Knicks general manager Donnie Walsh — now with the Pacers — had similar praise. “I figured people would start noticing him. He’s got the talent,” Walsh told The Post. “Some guys know the game, but just strategy, how to set up offense or defense. Kenny can teach the game. “He’s in shape. I’d get a kick out of it. He’d say, I want you to go hard,’ and then lead it himself. [Players] are thinking, ‘Damn, if he can do it, I have to do it!’ … He’s like a little motor, the little battery that wouldn’t shut down.’’
Guard Wayne Ellington of the Brooklyn Nets has won the 2015-16 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented annually by the PBWA to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. The other finalists for the award were guard George Hill of the Indiana Pacers, forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
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Guard Wayne Ellington of the Brooklyn Nets has won the 2015-16 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award as selected by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The honor, named after the NBA’s second commissioner, is presented annually by the PBWA to the player, coach or athletic trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. The other finalists for the award were guard George Hill of the Indiana Pacers, forward LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, guard Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards.
Other league sources say that both Prokhorov and his CEO, Dmitry Razumov, remain convinced they can turn the team around. Rumors of his intention to sell have risen and fallen over the last year. Prokhorov has said he’s willing to sell a piece of the team and arena, but there’s no indication of any active discussions. Prokhorov bought the remaining share of the team (20 percent) and Barclays Center (55 percent) as well as an 85 percent share in Nassau Coliseum from Bruce Ratner just before Christmas.
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