Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, is expected to meet two finalists for the coaching job at the franchise this week, including Mike D’Antoni, sources told ESPN.
Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson will meet with Jordan on Tuesday, sources said, and D’Antoni is expected to visit later in the week.
Sources said Atkinson and Dantoni have already had two meetings with management, including with general manager Mitch Kupchak, on Operation Hornets.
The Hornets sacked James Borrego after four seasons in April.
D’Antoni was 217-102 in his four seasons (2016-2020) as the Rockets’ coach, advancing once to the Western Conference Finals and three times to the Conference Semifinals. Two-time NBA Coach of the Year, D’Antoni led the Rockets to the highest winning percentage in the Western Conference during those four years (.682), trailing only the Toronto Raptors (0.695) in the entire league.
Across 16 seasons as a head coach with Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and Houston, D’Antoni was 672-527 (.560) and 54-56 in the playoffs. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year twice (2004 and 2017).
Atkinson could become the second assistant coach for Golden State to prepare to leave the Warriors and take on a new team. Mike Brown has been hired to coach the Sacramento Kings next season.
Atkinson was 118-190 in over three years with the Nets, inherited a complete rebuild and showed improvement every season until resigning after a 2019-20 season plagued by injuries. He spent the 2020-21 season with the Los Angeles Clippers as an assistant before joining Kerr’s staff ahead of this run to the NBA Finals.
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