Sources: Lakers get OK to interview Atkinson

by Gordon Dixon - The Lakers have received permission to interview Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for their head coaching vacancy, sources told ESPN. Atkinson has already interviewed with the Hornets about their opening, sources said.

Sources: Lakers get OK to interview Atkinson

Los Angeles Lakers get OK to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for coaching vacancy, sources say 9:39 PM ET Adrian WojnarowskiSenior NBA Insider Close Host of The Woj Pod Joined ESPN in 2017 The Los Angeles Lakers have been granted permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson for the franchise's coaching job, sources told ESPN on Wednesday. The Lakers have been methodically meeting with candidates in recent weeks and plan to talk with Atkinson in the near future, sources said. Atkinson built a reputation for player development as both an assistant and head coach in the NBA. He spent three-plus years as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets , who he led to a playoff appearance in his third season in 2018-2019. Editor's Picks Sources: Lakers interview Stotts for coaching job 5d Adrian Wojnarowski 1 Related Atkinson, who's completing his first season on Steve Kerr's staff with the Warriors, also has emerged as a candidate in the Charlotte Hornets ' search. Atkinson interviewed with the Hornets in recent days, sources said. Mike D'Antoni and Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham are also serious candidates in the Hornets' process, sources said. The Lakers have talked with several coaches, including Ham, former Portland coach Terry Stotts, Toronto assistant Adrian Griffin and former Golden State coach Mark Jackson. The Lakers have shown no urgency to make a hire in the near future, nor is there any real imperative to do so. The Lakers fired Frank Vogel after a 33-49 season left them out of the postseason. Atkinson was 118-190 in three-plus years with the Nets, inheriting a full rebuild and showing improvement each season until resigning after an injury-plagued 2019-2020 season. He spent the 2020-2021 season with the LA Clippers before joining Kerr's staff as one of the highest paid assistants in the league.