Rockets Interview Kenny Atkinson For Coaching Job

The Rockets interviewed former Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson for their head coaching opening this week, according to Alykhan Bijani and Kelly Iko of The Athletic (Twitter link).

Atkinson was identified as a possible candidate to coach the Rockets shortly after Mike D’Antoni parted ways with the team. Houston’s interest was later confirmed in a separate report, but the fact that Atkinson has met with the club is new information.

Atkinson, who began his coaching career in France in 2004, later served as an assistant for the Knicks from 2008-12 and for the Hawks from 2012-16 before taking over as the Nets’ head coach. He led a rebuilding Brooklyn club to a 118-190 (.383) record over three-and-a-half seasons, earning a playoff berth in 2019. The Nets let him go in March, less than a week before the NBA went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tyronn Lue and David Vanterpool are among the other candidates who are reportedly meeting with the Rockets about their head coaching position. Houston assistant John Lucas is said to be an “emerging candidate” for the role, while the team has also been linked to the likes of Jeff Van Gundy, Sam Cassell, and Chris Finch, as our tracker shows.

The timeline for a Rockets hire is unclear.

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8 thoughts on “Rockets Interview Kenny Atkinson For Coaching Job

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Been here posting plenty just like you. Let’s see if your Dodgers can get back to the World Series and lose to the Astros again!

      • Dodgethis

        What’s funny is your both the biggest homers on here. Dodgers will never win a world series, and the rockets will always being playing catch up to the rockets. Harden is the new barkley.

        • GoLandCrabs

          Dodgers have built the best roster in baseball by far and have payroll flexibility and a top farm system. They will win it eventually but sure never because you dont like them. Great logic from resident Warriors troll Dodgerthis.

        • imindless
          imindless

          @dodgerthis your arguments are as bad if not worse than arc89 lol. Warriors are done move on.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        For once we can agree. Love to see Stros go at it with LA. Astros rebuilding brought me back to MLB. First Yanks then LA. (grew up a Mets fan)

        Really though, you know I’m not a Harden fan. I don’t see who would do well with this team. I mean you can’t go small ball. So the team will have to change. And which coach is best for that. Not a JVG fan. His style is over now IMO. John Lucas is a Houston guy. But when is last time he coached. Mike Brown is a solid coach to me. I don’t see Rockets doing better than this yr. unless they move Westbrook. Westbrook is still a great player. And with another team, system. He can thrive again. Rockets have to change team. Either some or a lot.

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