If the season ended today, the Brooklyn Nets (28-34) would be in the playoffs as the seventh seed in the East. With Kevin Durant missing the entire season and Kyrie Irving out for the season having played just 20 games, Kenny Atkinson appeared set to see the rebuild he was instrumental in through to better things next season.
But it was not to be. On Saturday the Nets and Atkinson parted ways, with general manager Sean Marks professing a need for a new voice to get to the next level. But Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports has reported Atkinson pushed for his own departure. Irving apparently soured on Atkinson, and based on that it’s worth wondering if Durant would have followed that sentiment.
Expectations will be high in Brooklyn next season, with Durant fully recovered from a torn Achilles’ and Irving presumably healthy heading into the new campaign.
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