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Atkins played for several coaches who have reputations as being among the best in the NBA — Doc Rivers, Mike Fratello and former Pistons coaches Rick Carlisle and Larry Brown. His goal is to take a little bit from each and mix it with his own style. “Ultimately, a coach is only as good as the guys on his team,” Atkins said. “It would be my job to guide and direct them. But ultimately, each guy would have to be a personal contractor to get themselves as good as they can possibly be, but also put it in a team concept. … I would take a little bit from all of those guys’ style and come up with my own formula that would be successful.”
USA Basketball named former NBA head coach Mike Fratello as USA’s head coach for the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup Qualifiers. Andy Greer and Othella Harrington will be his assistants. Fratello holds previous experience at the international level with Ukraine between 2011 and 2014. From 1984 to 2006 made it to the playoffs 11 times in 15 full-season attempts with various NBA teams.
Richard Jefferson is sought after coast to coast, but still wants to play. Mike Fratello is out. Bruce Bowen is back. Chauncey Billups will call more games. Meanwhile, Hubie Brown, who turns 85 later this month, is about to sign a multi-year extension with ESPN. Here are all the moves The Post has learned about after talking from officials involved in the deals.
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“I don’t talk to any of the ex-players about rest because they kill me. They don’t want to hear it. We were programmed differently,” said Doc Rivers, who played 13 NBA seasons at point guard. “I played every minute. I was (ticked) when (Atlanta Hawks coach Mike) Fratello took me out. I wanted to play 48 minutes a night,” Rivers recalled.
Mike Fratello, the former NBA head coach and current on-air analyst for the Brooklyn Nets, has his reservations. “I don’t know about Golden State, just how many games they are going to win because they lost a lot of those glue pieces that were so important to them, giving them the depth that when they came off the bench they didn’t have a major drop off and many times gave them a lift and took them to a bigger lead in the game than they had initially,” Fratello said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio’s “Elevate Above The Rim.”