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Brooklyn Nets Officially Introduce Kenny Atkinson As Head Coach (Video)

The Brooklyn Nets held a press conference to introduce new head coach Kenny Atkinson.

Kenny Atkinson was hired to be the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets on Apr. 17, but the Atlanta Hawks assistant was busy helping his former team in the playoffs.

With the Hawks recently eliminated, Atkinson was free to be introduced by his new team under his new title, head coach.

The Nets held a press conference at their brand new $50 million practice facility in Brooklyn to introduce their new leader.

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Atkinson was joined by general manager Sean Marks; while Thaddeus Young, Sean Kilpatrick, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Markel Brown, and Chris McCullough watched their new coach from the crowd.

The press conference went a long way towards determining the future which the Marks/Atkinson regime envision. Despite constant rumors and injury concerns, Young confirmed he was told he and Brook Lopez will not be traded in the offseason.

Atkinson confirmed his trust in Brooklyn’s two top guns with promising words about their character. Young and Atkinson have actually become close, and according to Young he’s going to be relied upon as much more than just a player.

Atkinson’s first important move is to assemble a coaching staff. He confirmed today that he has already started, hiring former Orlando Magic head coach and San Antonio Spurs assistant Jacque Vaughn.

Vaughn, like Marks is another member of the Spurs family. Although Atkinson never actually worked for the Spurs, he coached under Mike Budenholzer with the Hawks, another former Spurs assistant. Atkinson has Spurs ties and both he and Marks have made it clear that much like Budenholzer in Atlanta they plan on mimicking the Spurs model of success.

Trying to be the Spurs is a tall order, but Marks has received nothing but praise since taking the reigns and Atkinson has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time. Right now it seems like a perfect match.


I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.