[Players] are thinking, ‘Damn, if he can do it, I have to do it!’ … He’s like a little motor, the little battery that wouldn’t shut down.’’. After working with the offense with the Wizards, Unseld helped turn around the Nuggets defense, taking them from 28th to 10th in 2018-19. And it helped with then-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni, who took a chance on the Rockets’ director of player development in 2008 and brought him onto the bench. it will apply to data controlled jointly by the NBA and WarnerMedia as well as other data controlled by WarnerMedia. Thanks for contacting us. Here, Mo (Michael Malone) gives him a lot of responsibility. Atkinson has long had a reputation as excelling in helping with the development of players, especially guards, including Aaron Brooks with the Rockets, Jeremy Lin with the Knicks, Jeff Teague with the Hawks and Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert with the Nets. After one season on the Nuggets staff, Unseld was promoted to lead assistant under Mike Malone. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! As the one candidate from the Rockets’ current staff among the initial interviews, Lucas would especially be able to embrace the team’s philosophies and have built-in relationships with team management. Unseld became a Wizards assistant coach before joining the Golden State Warriors in 2011 and was with the Orlando Magic for three seasons. Accessibility and Closed Caption |, Nets vs. Bulls: Brooklyn Back to Work with Jacque Vaughn in Charge, Kenny Atkinson Out as Brooklyn Nets Coach, GM Sean Marks and Players React, Nets vs. Spurs: Taurean Prince, Joe Harris, and Kenny Atkinson Top Quotes, Top Photos From 19-20 Season: Rodions Kurucs. This site is operated jointly by NBA and WarnerMedia. Do Not Sell My Personal Information, Your California Privacy Rights He’s got a lot of family there.’’. Atkinson, 53, starred at Richmond where he helped lead the Spiders to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and played professionally in Italy, France, Holland, Germany and Spain from 1991 to 2004. the NBA Privacy Center, it will apply to data controlled independently by the NBA. … He’s a gym rat. Atkinson led the Spiders to the Sweet 16 in the 1988 NCAA Tournament. Lightning does not strike twice in the same place, but Kyle Lauletta does. He fit the nickname,’’ said retired Spiders coach Dick Tarrant, whose 1988 Sweet 16 team was led by Atkinson at point guard. The Oklahoman is highlighting one Thunder head coaching candidate per day as the search for Billy Donovan’s replacement continues. The gym rat from St. Anthony’s in Huntington went on a basketball sojourn that would have left Odysseus dizzy — from playing in six countries to assistant coaching gigs with the Knicks and Hawks (his playoff playoff run continued into the second round Thursday night when Atlanta eliminated the Celtics). THE BEST INSIGHTS FROM THE ULTIMATE INSIDERS, Blue Rush: A NY Giants Podcast His climb up the coaching ranks started at the base of the Eiffel Tower in Paris before coming back stateside.
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Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. He agreed to step down last season, less than a week before the NBA hiatus began March 11. Born in Huntington, New York, Atkinson played college basketball for University of Richmond, where he led the Spiders to a Sweet Sixteen berth in 1988. The only thing he likes better than working on the court is winning on the court. “So whatever team he goes to, they’re going to get a hell of a coach.”. I thought he’d go back to [coach] St. Dominic in Oyster Bay or something.’’. With Atkinson, the Spiders went 42-14 in the CAA, 84-41 overall. He became a sports writer because the reporter that was supposed to cover the University of Delaware basketball team decided to instead play one more season of college lacrosse and has never looked back. When a team pulls an NCAA Tournament upset that no one expected and becomes darlings of the nation for 48 hours. Your California Privacy Rights What’s on my ballot in Oklahoma? NBA Privacy Center | “I figured people would start noticing him.
The Rockets hired him after three seasons as an assistant with Paris Basket Racing. They have a mix of coaches with Finals appearances — Ty Lue and Jeff Van Gundy — up-and-coming assistants — Stephen Silas, Wes Unseld Jr. and David Vanterpool — and familiar faces — John Lucas, Kenny Atkinson and Van Gundy. If they’re not happy with you, you’ll be gone.”. He spent four years across the river under then-coach Mike D’Antoni. Atkinson was inducted into the Richmond Hall of Fame in 2010. Silas was a candidate for the position with the Bulls and had previously interviewed with the Hawks in 2018. As much as his work for ESPN and ABC has kept him current, showing no signs of adherence to a system from his seasons with the Rockets or with the Knicks, Van Gundy’s USA Basketball tenure can show evidence of an evolving style. “He’ll be a good coach. So, you’re always certain that when he speaks there’s knowledge behind it. He was fired after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season. He went on to play professionally in France, Germany and Spain from 1991-2004.
“He’s got an unbelievable work ethic. He always wanted to take the big-time shot, and I can’t ever remember him missing a big shot,’’ said Greg Beckwith, who was Atkinson’s point guard predecessor at Richmond and returned as an assistant coach for that Sweet 16 campaign. “He keeps getting better and better jobs. In addition to stints on his father’s coaching staffs, he worked under Don Nelson, Steve Clifford and Rick Carlisle. He was inducted into the Richmond Hall of Fame in 2010. He fit the nickname,’’ said retired Spiders coach Dick Tarrant, whose 1988 Sweet 16 team was led by Atkinson at point guard. He is 53 years old and is a Gemini. Neither has confirmed such sentiments and Irving said it was “completely false.” Others raved about his coaching. They slipped to 16th this season. He has also worked on the coaching staffs for the New York Knicks , Paris Basket Racing, and the Atlanta Hawks. If you make a request through
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