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Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert react to Kenny Atkinson’s firing as Nets coach

Nets, Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Kenny Atkinson

Brooklyn Nets players Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert spoke to the media on Saturday following the sudden news that the team and head coach Kenny Atkinson were parting ways.

LeVert admitted that everyone on the team has been frustrated lately since wins haven’t been coming, but he emphasized that the blame should have not been pinned solely on Atkinson.

“I think everybody was pretty frustrated the last few weeks,” Caris LeVert said, per BrooklynNets.com. “We lost a couple games that we felt like we should’ve won. It wasn’t just on him, we’re the players on the court, I would say we were more frustrated than he was. Everybody was frustrated, we were losing games like that, it’s not a good situation.”

On the other hand, Diinwiddie showed his appreciation for Kenny, who helped him become a borderline All-Star.

“Kenny’s my guy,” Spencer Dinwiddie said of his ex-Nets head coach. “He was great and like I told him in a text, I said, I needed to be able to be in a situation and an environment where I could make mistakes and that was critical to my development and he afford me that opportunity. Believing you’re a great player is one thing, but being able to go out there and not look over your shoulder and think that you’re gonna come out if you miss a shot or turn it over is paramount in anybody’s development, any NBA player. That was huge for me and I’ll always appreciate it.”

The Nets are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. They have a record of 28-34 following their win over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Jacque Vaughn will assume take over from Kenny Atkinson as head coach for the remainder of the season. The Nets host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.