This isn’t said often, but poor Michael Jordan. NBA legend received Whitleyed by Kenny Atkinson. Jordan is set to start a new life with Atkinson leading his Charlotte Hornets. They fit together as well as Byron and Whitley in the fifth season of Another worldbut then Dwayne Wayneaka The Golden State Warriors, appeared at the door.
With a post-season period that no one outside of their organization predicted in the fall, or at the end of a regular season that ends with Stephen Curry out, the Warriors reminded Atkinson of the great times. great they had together. The Warriors mostly won their way with the Western Conference in the knockouts, and then fought six games against the Boston Celtics in the Finals, giving him something he never had before. this, an NBA championship.
BILLIONhe is Charlotte Hornets never do announced that Atkinson would actually be their new coach. Unlike the Sacramento Kings, who officially announced in May that Mike Brown would lead their young, mismatched roster. Suddenly, the main assistant chair opened, but Atkinson met Jordan. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, he’s the only head coach candidate that Jordan directly meeting. Also, this is a much better job than Kings. Atkinson will be the coach chosen specifically to work with one of the NBA’s rising stars, LaMelo Ball, who became the NBA All-Star team in his second season. A good scenario is almost married to a-Elected Senator of the United States.
However, Curry’s final shooting and Larry O’Brien trophy was Dwayne charge that aisle, and the way Whitley ran back to him is how Atkinson got back into that primary assistant job with the Warriors. Then there’s Jordan, darting to the back, dashing into the altar like Byron.
In Another world, Whitley and Dwayne went on to live happily ever after, but unless Atkinson waits for a 56-year-old Kerr to leave the only head coach job he’s ever had after four championships in eight seasons, his career he probably didn’t stop at the Golden State. That is, unless the wounds from a season coaching Kyrie Irving with the Brooklyn Nets never fully heal.
The Hornets, Jordan, and Atkinson appeared to be an ideal fit. Atkinson is a defensive minded coach, the Nets improved from second to last in defensive rating his first season all the way to ninth in his final one. It’s where this exciting, explosive, Hornets team needs the most work — especially the 6-foot-7 Ball.
The other two candidates that were in the running for the Hornets’ lead job were Terry Stotts and Mike D’Antoni. Two coaches who have experienced much success in the NBA, but aren’t known for their teams playing stingy defense. It’s not only coaching and better play that the Hornets need in order to improve on that side of the floor, but they also need to make some changes in personnel. That will be difficult with the oft-injured Gordon Hayward’s $30 million contract on the books for the next two seasons.
A jilted Jordan is probably not the most pleasant person to be around at the moment. Bubba Wallace having a strong finish at Sonoma today would do a bit to lift Jordan’ spirits, but knowing what we know about Jordan, he’s going to hold onto Atkinson reneging on him for the rest of his life. He’s not going to just drift away quietly like Byron. Jordan might try to dunk on Atkinson every time he sees him in public from now on.
Unlike in A Different World, it’s a shame that this new pair didn’t make it work. Byron and Whitley would’ve been great together, but that’s not a rewarding experience for the viewers who spent five seasons with the characters. The Hornets and Atkinson really did appear to be a perfect match, but in the end he just couldn’t quite cut off his old flame. Now Jordan is left to put back the shattered pieces not of a scripted relationship, but of his offseason plan and the draft is on Thursday.