Malika Andrews: Sean Marks begins by thanking Kenny Atkinson. Marks said that it was “fair for both sides” to part ways now. Marks said it gives Atkinson an opportunity to seek other employment and the Nets a chance to evaluate Jacque Vaughn.
Ian Begley: Nets’ Sean Marks says he and Kenny Atkinson had constant open dialogue about the state of the team over the last several weeks. He said Kenny, himself and owner Joe Tsai made the decision for Atkinson to leave BKN this morning.
Brian Lewis: Asked about whether coaching stars brings a different dynamic that led to this, Sean Marks said “Kenny didn’t even get a chance to coach Kevin.” Didn’t mention Irving. Said we and ownership all agreed "a change was needed." #Nets
Brian Lewis: Marks on how much input they took from players: “In this matter it didn’t involve the players. It was between Kenny and myself and brought in ownership when we needed to.” #nets
Ian Begley: Some players felt that Kenny Atkinson had lost some of the locker room recently, which is fairly common when teams struggle. This may ultimately be inconsequential but you probably won’t find a bigger Mark Jackson fan than Rich Kleiman, Kevin Durant’s business partner/manager.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Sean Marks and Atkinson had several conversations and the sense had been that a change was inevitable and both sides decided that there was no sense waiting on it. Both had felt that Atkinson and Nets had run course together. They have maintained a close relationship.
Stefan Bondy: According to a source, Joe Tsai made the call to fire Kenny Atkinson after consulting with players.
Ian Begley: Nets GM Sean Marks will address reporters this afternoon. The Nets won 20 games in Kenny Atkinson’s first season (16-17) and made the playoffs last year (42 wins). They signed Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the offseason and Atkinson won’t have the chance to coach them. Wow.
Ian Begley: In the Nets’ season-opening press conference, Kevin Durant said Kenny Atkinson was one factor that led him to BKN. “I was doing a lot of YouTube research on Kenny Atkinson.... And I really liked his approach to his craft as a coach. And that’s what drew me in pretty quickly.”
ESPN Stats & Info: Nets, head coach Kenny Atkinson mutually agree to part ways. Atkinson was 118-190 (.383) in his 3+ seasons as head coach of the Nets, the 5th-worst winning percentage in the NBA during his tenure.
Nets Daily: At some point, we’ll be writing a suitable farewell to Kenny. But we always found him to be a total pro and a man of high character. To have this happen to him in this way shows Nets are no different from any other team despite their claims of a superior culture.
July 1, 2022 | 11:32 pm EDT Update
Justin Jackson scored 26 points, Langston Galloway added 18 and the U.S. men’s basketball team took another step toward qualifying for next year’s World Cup by topping Puerto Rico 83-75 on Friday night. John Jenkins scored 13 for the Americans, who improved to 4-1 in World Cup qualifying from the FIBA Americas region.
Tim Reynolds: Pelicans’ Jose Alvarado after Puerto Rico lost to the USA tonight: “Regardless of the outcome, this is a special moment in my life, for my family and the guys that have the jersey on with me. We’re making memories, we’re growing together and we’ve got a country on our side.”
Jim Owczarski: #Bucks video coordinator Nick Kellogg announced he’s headed to Columbus, Ohio to work as a special asst. with Chris Holtmann on the Ohio State #Buckeyes staff. Mike Budenholzer’s coaching & support staff continues to undergo changes this offseason.
July 1, 2022 | 10:15 pm EDT Update
In his first national team appearance in six years, and first game in his hometown since high school, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 15 of his 32 points in a dominant third quarter, leading Canada to a 95-75 victory over the Dominican Republic in World Cup qualifying.
Nick Nurse started his four NBA players Friday: Gilgeous-Alexander, who received loud applause from his hometown crowd at what used to be Copps Coliseum, Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Utah Jazz), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks), and Olynyk (Detroit Pistons), plus national team mainstay Melvin Ejim.