Los Angeles Lakers are still in search of a new coach ahead of next season and the latest name that has emerged as a potential candidate to replace Frank Vogel is that of Kenny Atkinson.
Darvin Ham, Terry Stotts, Adrian Griffin, Mark Jackson, Nick Nurse, Juwan Howard and Doc Rivers are also amongst the suitors for the Lakers job.
ESPN has reported that the Lakers have already asked the Golden State Warriors for permission to interview Atkinson, who is currently working as Steve Kerr‘s assistant.
Why does Kenny Atkinson have a Spanish passport?
Atkinson spent almost four years playing in Spain for Canoe, Zamora, Salamanca – with whom he made his ACB debut – and Calpe Aguas Valencia.
It was there where he met his Spanish wife and he managed to obtain dual nationality, making him the first coach with Spanish nationality to be in charge of an NBA team as a head coach.
Kenny Atkinson’s coaching career in the NBA
Atkinson coached the Brooklyn Nets from 2016 to 2020, achieving a record of 118 wins and 190 losses, leading his team to playoffs qualification in his third season.
Atkinson, who is also one of the candidates to take charge of the Charlotte Hornets, served as an assistant coach to Tyronn Lue at the Los Angeles Clippers.