Kenny Atkinson Rumors
The Nets have a nice young nucleus, a bright head coach in Kenny Atkinson and a promising young GM in Sean Marks, but not many predicted the organization would overshadow the Knicks for elite talent this offseason. “If I was leaving the Warriors, it was always going to be for the Nets,” Durant said. “They got the pieces and a creative front office. I just like what they were building.”
“I was lucky with Brooklyn, they were in this kind of weird situation where they didn’t have any draft picks. So, they had to figure out ways to stockpile young talent and at that time I was only 23-years-old. I hadn’t really solidified anything in the NBA, but I did have a specific niche in terms of shooting. Kenny Atkinson had come from Atlanta, one of the plug-in guys that he thought would be good with the good teams in Atlanta, and my comparison was [Kyle] Korver. He kind of saw a little bit of me in Kyle and played that card. That was my break.”
“I think from our standpoint is we stand true to who we have been for three years,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday during a news conference at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center addressing the team’s summer business. “Competing and playing hard and playing unselfish basketball. The product on the court speaks for itself. “Guys, [coach Kenny Atkinson has] mentioned, they want to play here. They want to play in that system. The expectations, obviously they’re growing. It comes with a deeper team. The more talent you acquire, we all know that we’re all-in on that, not only from the two of us but the organization as a whole.”
Brian Lewis: Kenny Atkinson wouldn’t commit to a starter in the Jarrett Allen-DeAndre Jordan center battle. But he said after speaking with Jordan – who hasn’t come off the bench in a game since 2011 – the vet told him he’ll do whatever is needed for #Nets to win.
Brian Lewis: Kenny Atkinson wants to get DeAndre Jordan back to his old level: “I don’t know what it looked like for him from a motivation standpoint. I do think with the talent we brought in. I do think there will be a heightened sense of motivation on his part.” #Nets #NBA