As of now, a new head coach has been hired by the Charlotte Hornets for the season 2022-2023. They have named Kenny Atkinson as the successor to James Borrego. A four-year contract was agreed upon, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
During a Wednesday meeting, Borrego was able to finalize the contract with Hornets executives, including owner Michael Jordan. Mike D’Antoni, the former head coach of the Houston Rockets, had also been a finalist for the position of head coach of the Hornets at one point.
Kenny Atkinson, whose contract will be for the next four years, is Steve Kerr’s assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors right now, and they’re in the NBA Finals. The Hornets will have him as their head coach next season as they attempt to build on their success this year.
What Kenny Atkinson will bring to Hornets
When it comes to developing young players, it seems that Atkinson is among the best. Every stop he’s made in the past proves this theory true. As a member of the Brooklyn Nets, he helped develop Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and D’Angelo Russell into three of the most promising young guards in the league.
After that, he became an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he helped develop Terance Mann into one of the most impressive players in the playoffs of 2021.