Kenny Atkinson says no to Charlotte and stays in Golden State



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Kenny Atkinson says no to Charlotte and stays in Golden State

Sensational about-face in the NBA, especially after the recent declarations: Kenny Atkinson has changed his mind by rejecting the role of head coach of the Charlotte Hornets to remain as the deputy of Steve Kerr at the Golden State Warriors.

Charlotte was convinced she had found her new coach, now, after this new spectacular turnaround, the team would seem to choose her new coach in one between Mike D'Antoni and Terry Stotts. Atkinson had spent a year as an assistant to the Clippers and then moved to San Francisco, to act as deputy to Steve Kerr, thus winning the 2022 title.

Steve Kerr and Golden State Warriors

On May 15, 2014, the new manager, Steve Kerr, former player, among other teams, of the Chicago Bulls and San Antonio Spurs, was hired, with whom he won a total of five NBA titles. The 2014-2015 season proves to be a further step forward for the Warriors who, match after match, manage to finish the regular season with a balance of 67 wins and 15 defeats, thus presenting themselves to the play-offs with the best record of the season.

Their domination continues during the play-offs of their conference, during which they beat the New Orleans Pelicans for 4 to 0, the Memphis Grizzlies for 4 to 2 and in the final the Houston Rockets for 4 to 1, thus gaining access to the NBA Finals vs.

LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors, after winning the first challenge, lose the next two, before winning three consecutive races, returning to win the title after forty years. Thanks to the renewal of Kevin Durant and the arrival of the DeMarcus Cousins ​​center, in the 2018-2019 season the Golden State Warriors can field a starting five with five All Stars that also includes Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Cousins ​​injured his quadriceps hamstring in game 2 of the first round of the play-offs and managed to return only for the Finals, Durant stretched his calf in game 5 of the conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets, then returns after a month in less than optimal conditions to try to reassemble the Toronto Raptors in Game 5 of the Finals and breaks his Achilles tendon, while in Game 6 of the Finals Thompson gets a cruciate ligament rupture.

In addition to this, there are other minor injuries such as Curry's dislocated finger against Houston, the hamstring problem that caused Thompson to miss Game 3 of the Finals against Toronto and Looney's fractured collarbone, also against Toronto.

Starting from the 2019-2020 season, the team leaves the Oracle Arena in Oakland to move to the Chase Center in San Francisco, on the other side of the bay. The 2019-2020 season proves to be a failure for the franchise, which closes the regular season with a negative record of 15-50, the worst in the league.