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Hornets zero in on Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson

Jan 15, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson reacts during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson is the front-runner for the Charlotte Hornets’ head-coaching vacancy, The Athletic reported Friday.

Atkinson will have a third meeting with team officials next week and will sit down with team owner Michael Jordan for the first time, per the report.

Two-time NBA Coach of the Year Mike D’Antoni and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts are said to be the other finalists to replace James Borrego.

The Hornets fired Borrego on April 22 after four seasons. He led the team to consecutive appearances in the play-in tournament and compiled an overall record of 138-163.

Atkinson, who turned 55 Thursday, is currently coaching in the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics. Golden State lost Game 1 at home Thursday night in a best-of-seven series that could last until June 19.

Atkinson coached the Brooklyn Nets for three-plus seasons from 2016-20, posting a 118-190 record with one trip to the NBA playoffs in 2018-19.

This is his first season on Steve Kerr’s staff with the Warriors. He has also worked as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks (2008-12), Atlanta Hawks (2013-16) and Los Angeles Clippers (2020-21).

–Field Level Media