Kenny Atkinson Rumors
Kenny Atkinson has his hands full these days. The Hawks assistant coach was named to lead the Dominican Republic national team earlier this year and the unit is now preparing for the upcoming FIBA Americas tournament that begins at the end of the month. Take one day last week with the Dominican Republic team in Atlanta for a training camp. Atkinson watched film with the group in the morning. He then spent one-on-one-time time working out current Hawks players Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague. Finally, he led the Dominican team’s scrimmage against a New Jersey semipro team.
Kenny Atkinson pushed me to take my game to another level. Darvin Ham shared the tricks he picked up during his long NBA career to help me develop my skills around the basket. And then there was Quin Snyder, who was the first coach who took me under his wing while he was an assistant here. The big difference between regular NBA players and superstars isn’t just talent, but the way they train. Quin and I just kind of clicked right away when I came to the Hawks, and he began working with me to develop skills that I hadn’t really touched before. His belief in me built up my confidence so much.