Nets fire head coach Atkinson after three-plus seasons

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Published on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:52 PM EST

The Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Kenny Atkins on Saturday morning. He had been the team’s head coach for three-plus seasons.

However, in the terms of the team, they have “mutually agreed to part ways.”

Atkinson will be replaced by Jacque Vaughn, who will finish out the season as interim head coach. Vaughn has previous head coaching experience, as he served as the Orlando Magic head coach from 2012-15.

Former Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson gestures to his players against the Memphis Grizzlies
Kenny Atkinson gestures to his players against the Memphis Grizzlies (Getty Images)

“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,” General Manager Sean Marks said. “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. We are forever grateful for all of Kenny’s hard work and dedication to the Nets and the Brooklyn community. Kenny, Laura, and the Atkinson family will always remain a part of our Nets family and we wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

The 52-year-old Northport, New York native went 118-190 in the three-plus seasons. He departs the team following a 28-34 record in 62 games.

This season could have been better, but the team has been without two key free agent signings – Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant, who has missed the entire season. Durant suffered a torn Achilles tendon injury in Game 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals last June.

Irving has played. However, he has missed time, as he has battled injuries. He is now out with a season-ending shoulder injury.

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