Kenny Atkinson Rumors
“I have not broken anything. What influenced his decision … for me, it remains a mystery,” Mozgov told Izvestia, according to a machine translation. “I don’t know any reason why I first lost my place in the starting five and then not playing even a minute. But it’s the head coach’s decision and he is responsible for result. I tried to speak to Atkinson but he was not able to give me answer. Anyway I m confident. Just want to play for Brooklyn or any other NBA team. I tried to talk to him, but I did not succeed in drawing out something intelligible.”
Mozgov was asked about the Nets and he told the interviewer things were not as he had hoped. Mozgov said it was a terrible season and he wants to play. When he talks to Kenny Atkinson, he said the coach doesn’t give him many details on what his situation is, offering only, “Keep it up, you’re doing fine.” So he just stays ready because it’s his job, but it’s been extremely hard.
That 2014-15 season was actually Kenny Atkinson’s third year as an assistant in Atlanta, having been hired by Larry Drew a year before Budenholzer took over. But with Atkinson having just completed his second year as the head coach in Brooklyn – the second full season for a fully revamped basketball operations staff under GM Sean Marks – the year two effect is clearly in evidence. “When I look back and I look at the job Kenny has done, I say look at our players that have improved over the course of the last two years,” said Marks. “If you want to call some of them diamonds in the rough or so forth, but I don’t think we can argue with what Kenny and the staff have done in terms of developing talent.”
Michael Scotto: Nets free agent guard Joe Harris spoke with his agent Mark Bartelstein, coach Kenny Atkinson, and GM Sean Marks and reiterated he wants to stay in Brooklyn. “I don’t really envision myself being anywhere else.”
“He’s had a little window of opportunity. We haven’t given him a great opportunity, a great section of play where you say, ‘Man, here’s 30, 40 games.’ That’s part circumstances,” Atkinson said. “You’d have more information if he had a training camp and he had a longer time period, he’d be much more acclimated.”