Reports surfaced Monday evening that the Brooklyn Nets were giving contract extensions to head coach Kenny Atkinson and his staff.
When Atkinson met with local reporters on Tuesday, the 51-year-old declined to comment on the report and said he wants to keep the focus on his team with the end of the regular season approaching:
Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson discussed ESPN's report of contract extensions for him and his assistant coaches. pic.twitter.com/JTWXzKPA08
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) April 2, 2019
The Nets are 39-39 on the season. They are in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
With four games left in the regular season, it looks like Brooklyn is going to make the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
Kenny Atkinson became head coach of the Nets back in 2016. The team went 20-62 in his first year as coach and 28-54 in the second season.
The culture change, though, began as soon as Atkinson arrived. Along with general manager Sean Marks, Atkinson and his staff have revitalized the Nets from top to bottom, and the results are showing this season.
The players on Brooklyn love playing for Atkinson, and he has developed a strong bond with each guy. Part of the reason D'Angelo Russell is enjoying a breakout campaign is because of Atkinson.
It's going to be fun to see the Nets back in the postseason. This young group has no fear, and Kenny Atkinson is a reason why.