According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the Knicks appear to be on top of Kenny Atkinson as a candidate for head coaching.
There is legitimate internal support within the Knicks organization for Kenny Atkinson as the next coach, according to SNY’s Ian Begley sources.
This does not necessarily mean that it is a two-man game, however, as both interim head coach Mike Miller and former head coach Mike Woodson remain in discussion, for more reports.
However, it is an exciting development to see Atkinson receive a significant level of support from those within the organization. Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer also recently approved his former assistant for the Knicks job.
Atkinson, 53, has 12 years of experience in NBA training. He was the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets from 2016 until his resignation in 2020, ending the franchise’s famous post-five-year drought during the 2018-19 campaign.
Atkinson had Brooklyn at 28-34 at the time of his resignation, despite the fact that Kyrie Irving had missed 44 games and Kevin Durant had been absent throughout the season.
Prior to his tenure as head coach, Atkinson was a revered assistant coach for both the Atlanta Hawks and, believe it or not, the Knicks.
Atkinson is announced as a player development specialist. Al Horford, a five-time All-Star, was registered to praise Atkinson as an individual who challenged him and helped him become the player he managed to evolve into.
The New York Knicks have options, but if the goal is to develop young players on the roster, Kenny Atkinson has a good case.