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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: 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.
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.”
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