The Los Angeles Lakers have obtained authorization to interview Golden Point out Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for their open up head coaching occupation, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Lakers fired Frank Vogel right after the workforce missed the playoffs earlier this spring.
Atkinson is currently in his to start with time as an assistant with the Warriors following a 1-year stint with the Los Angeles Clippers’ employees. He expended additional than three seasons foremost the Brooklyn Nets, his only head coaching career in the league, from 2016-2020, where he compiled a 118-190 total history. Atkinson has also worked as an assistant with the New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks.
Atkinson is also getting interest from the Charlotte Hornets, and he reportedly interviewed for that open occupation in recent times.
Atkinson and the Warriors are at this time in the center of their Western Convention semifinals collection with the Memphis Grizzlies. Atkinson’s fellow assistant, Mike Brown, recently approved the top task with the Sacramento Kings.
Lakers proprietor: ‘I’m not happy’
The Lakers have been gradual to change Vogel immediately after lacking the playoffs just two years just after successful an NBA title.
Lakers operator Jeanie Buss promised she was eager to “look at everything” this offseason to try and rectify the challenge.
“I’m expanding impatient just for the reason that we had the fourth-highest payroll in the league. … When you expend that type of revenue on the luxurious tax, you hope to go deep into the playoffs,” she informed The Los Angeles Moments this week. “So, yeah, it was intestine-wrenching for me to go out on a limb like that and not get the success that we had been seeking for. … I’m not joyful, I’m not satisfied.”
Buss also revealed that she’s reaching out to former Lakers star and govt Magic Johnson — who suddenly stop his front-office environment work — and previous coach and her ex-boyfriend Phil Jackson for assistance this summer months.
But, most likely extra importantly, Buss said she’s absolutely behind both LeBron James and typical supervisor Rob Pelinka.
“I want him to feel assured in the staff, that we have the parts to acquire a championship,” Buss said of James, by means of The Moments. “He has to be joyful … I want to make absolutely sure that he’s pleased.”
Whether that is with Atkinson at the helm, nonetheless, continues to be to be seen.