The Brooklyn Nets are relying on a pair of new comers, General Manager Sean Marks and Head Coach Kenny Atkinson to bring success to a franchise that have not had much to cheer about.
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Meeting with the media on Monday, the duo outlined their plans of making the Nets competitive in the Eastern Conference as well as the NBA. The Nets have not had the season that many have been hoping for. With the collapses that were the signings of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Deron Williams, the Nets are now back at square one, and it starts at the top.
Atkinson marks the 21st head coach in franchise history for Brooklyn. Atkinson and Marks are no stranger to one another. They both met in San Antonio half a decade ago. Marks, formerly of the Spurs, and Atkinson sounded remarkably in sync, which is remarkable compared to some recent coach/GM pairings in Brooklyn.
Atkinson has been around people that have had ties with San Antonio. He talked about coming from his former boss in Mike Budenholzer, who was Gregg Popovich’s right hand man in his stay in San Antonio, to Sean Marks, who also had a stint in the Alamo City as well. You know that he will drill for things that have made San Antonio so successful and competing every year.
“With the Hawks, Mike Budenholzer learned from the Spurs. But different market, we changed a lot of things. It’s similar here. I have the luck of knowing Sean, who’d been with the Spurs, and doing things a little differently in Atlanta. The tough part will be figuring out how to put that together.”
Outside of having a great staff, you have to have the players that can execute. That is what makes San Antonio competitive every single year. They have the right staff and the right players.
No surprise that Atkinson will look at taking things from San Antonio. Many teams around the league admire what the Spurs have done for years. Again, just because you have it on paper does not mean it works. Personnel is everything.
(H/T USA Today)