LeBron James’ LA Lakers could appoint a Spanish coach
The Los Angeles Lakers are still looking for a new coach ahead of next season and the latest name to emerge as a potential candidate to replace Frank Vogel is Kenny Atkinson.
Darvin Ham, Terry Stotts, Adrian Griffin, Mark Jackson, Nick Nurse, Juwan Howard and Doc Rivers are also among the candidates for the position of the Lakers.
ESPN reported that the Lakers have already asked the Golden State Warriors to get permission to interview Atkinson, who currently works as Steve Kerrthe assistant of.
Why does Kenny Atkinson have a Spanish passport?
Atkinson spent almost four years playing in Spain during Canoeing, Zamora, Salamanca – with whom he made his ACB debut – and Calpe Aguas Valencia.
It was there that he met his Spanish wife and managed to obtain dual nationality, making him the first coach with Spanish nationality to lead an NBA team as head coach.
Kenny Atkinson’s coaching career in the NBA
Atkinson coached him brooklyn nets from 2016 to 2020, posting a record 118 wins and 190 losses, leading his team to playoff qualification in his third season.
Atkinsonwho is also one of the candidates to take charge of the Charlotte Hornetswas assistant coach of Tyronn Lue to Los Angeles Clippers.