The Charlotte Hornets will hire Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach

6/10/22

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The Charlotte Hornets will hire Kenny Atkinson as their new head coach

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a four-year contract with Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson to be their new head coach.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium was the first to report that the parties were close to reaching an agreement.

On June 3, The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick reported that Atkinson had “emerged as a front-runner” for the job and had a meeting with team officials, including chairman Michael Jordan.

In 2021-22, the Hornets finished 43-39. It was the team’s second consecutive 10-win improvement from the previous season.
This year, the Hornets lost their first play-in tournament game as the No. 10 seed for the second year in a row, extending its playoff drought to a sixth season.

Atkinson will take over a talented young roster led by point guard LaMelo Ball.

As an injury replacement, the 20-year-old was named to his first All-Star Game in 2021-22. He averaged 20.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game, rankg. Averaging 115.3 points per game in the regular season, the Hornets offense ranked fourth in the NBA.
Atkinson is taking over for James Borrego, who was fired after four seasons in April. The Hornets had a mediocre record of 138-163 with Borrego at the helm.

Atkinson worked as an assistant coach for the Warriors under Steve Kerr in 2021-22. He is best known for guiding the Brooklyn Nets to the playoffs in his third season as head coach in 2018-19. Atkinson and the Nets mutually agreed to part ways in the middle of the following season, and he has a career record of 118-190 as a head coach.

Charlotte will also have the opportunity to add another talented player in the NBA draft on June 23, with the No. 13 pick coming near the end of the lottery.

With Atkinson leading the charge, the Hornets will continue to strive for the success that has eluded them for years.

Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’

6/10/22

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Beal on his future: ‘I know what my decision will be based off of, and that’s gonna be where I feel like I can win’

In the upcoming offseason, Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is obviously expected to become one of the most sought-after free agents in the entire league. Of course, everything hinges on whether or not he declines the team’s player option.

Beal has been a member of the Wizards for the entirety of his professional career. In an interview with Taylor Rooks, he revealed that he hopes to spend the rest of his life in a place where he can succeed.
According to Beal, 
“I know what my decision will be based on, and that’s where I feel like I can win.” This is a decision I have to make. Regardless of the outcome, I’m going to do what I think is best for me in Washington, and I want people to respect that. I don’t care if you believe me or not, but I’m going to do everything I can to make this team better. “It doesn’t matter if it’s somewhere else; it’s the same commitment.”

Beal hasn’t ruled out the Wizards, but they’ve had a rough few seasons recently. Because of Beal’s injury-related absences, the Wizards failed to qualify for the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. In February, he had season-ending wrist surgery.

In the 2021-22 season, the three-time All-Star appeared in just 40 games for Washington. 23.2 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting from the field, and 30.0 percent from three-point range.

However, while Beal’s points per game dropped in the 2021-22 season, his assists per game increased to a career-high level.

Kristaps Porzingis was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline of the 2021-22 season, but it’s not clear if he will be Beal’s long-term running mate.

During the previous four years, the Wizards have only once reached the postseason. With a focus on winning, it’s possible that Bradley Beal won’t be with the Wizards in 2022-23 if he keeps his word.