The Brooklyn Nets and head coach Kenny Atkinson have mutually parted way according to a statement released by general manager Sean Marks.
“After discussions with Kenny about the progress of the season, we mutually agreed that a coaching change would be in the best interest of the team. This was an extremely difficult decision, however the organization believes it is one that is necessary at this time. Kenny was instrumental in developing our players and building the identity and culture we have become known for over these past four seasons.”
The Nets (28-34) currently hold the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings despite having minimal contributions from their two huge offseason additions – Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant.
Irving played just 20 games before injuring his shoulder two weeks ago and is done for the season. Durant has missed the entire season with an Achilles Tendon injury.
The 52-year-old Atkinson was in his fourth season as the Nets’ head coach, compiling a record of 118-190 with a playoff appearance last year. No word on who will take over the reins.
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.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 7, 2020