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Mike D’Antoni meeting with Hornets’ Michael Jordan

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Aug 24, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni reacts during the second half in game four of the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Coaching candidate Mike D’Antoni is meeting with Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan on Tuesday, ESPN reported.

D’Antoni, 71, was the other finalist to fill the vacancy before Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson turned down the job on Saturday to remain with the Warriors.

If D’Antoni is hired, it would mark his sixth stint as an NBA head coach. He has a career record of 672-527 across 16 seasons with the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets.

D’Antoni won NBA Coach of the Year twice, with the Suns in 2005 and the Rockets in 2017. He spent 2020-21 as an assistant coach with the Brooklyn Nets and last season as a coaching advisor for the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Hornets parted ways with coach James Borrego in April after four seasons, and less than a year after giving him a multi-year extension. The team finished 43-39 in 2021-22 and reached the NBA’s play-in tournament for the second straight season.

–Field Level Media