Nets Rumors: ‘Some of the Players’ Wanted Kenny Atkinson Gone Prior to Firing

Nets Rumors: ‘Some of the Players’ Wanted Kenny Atkinson Gone Prior to Firing

FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson looks on from the sideline during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. The Nets surprisingly split with Atkinson on Saturday, March 7, even as they remain on track for a second consecutive playoff berth. The morning after Atkinson guided the Nets to a rout of San Antonio, the Nets announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways with the fourth-year coach. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

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The Brooklyn Nets‘ decision to part ways with head coach Kenny Atkinson on Saturday was supported by at least some of the players in the locker room.

According to Anthony Puccio of Nets Daily, a source said, “[Some] of the players wanted him gone,” with regard to Atkinson.

Per ESPN, Nets general manager Sean Marks released the following statement Saturday to explain the decision:

“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 foundation he helped put into place here is one that we will continue to build on in the coming seasons.”

The Nets are just 28-34 this season, and in parts of four seasons as Brooklyn’s head coach, Atkinson went 118-190 with one playoff appearance.  

        

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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March 7, 2020 at 07:29AM

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