assistant to Collet with the Blues, Atkinson named number 1 coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

assistant to Collet with the Blues, Atkinson named number 1 coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers
assistant to Collet with the Blues, Atkinson named number 1 coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers

Current assistant to Vincent Collet in the French team and assistant coach of the Golden Warriors, Kenny Atkinson will take the position of head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Four years after his departure from the Brooklyn Nets, Kenny Atkinson will once again become the No. 1 coach of an NBA franchise. As reported by ESPN this Monday, the 57-year-old American coach will take over from JB Bickerstaff on the bench of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The duration of the contract has not been leaked.

Present on the Blues bench for the Paris Olympics

Notably spent by Montpellier, Nantes, Mulhouse and even Évreux during his playing career, then by Paris Basket Racing at the start of his coaching career (in an assistant position), Atkinson is Vincent Collet’s assistant in the team from France since last December. This appointment does not call into question his presence in the staff of the Blues for the Paris Olympics, where the partners of Victor Wembanyama and Rudy Gobert are aiming for a podium.

After the end of his adventure on the Brooklyn bench (2016-2020), Atkinson held assistant coaching positions at the Los Angeles Clippers (2020-2021) then at the Golden State Warriors (2021-2024). Within the Californian franchise, he notably won the NBA title in 2022, under the leadership of Stephen Curry.

Led by Donovan Mitchell, the Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a rather disappointing season. Despite high ambitions, the Ohio franchise was sharply eliminated in the Conference semi-finals by the Boston Celtics, future NBA champions (4 wins to 1).

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