Recently the Charlotte Hornets believed that they had found the new person to lead their franchise forward. It was reported that they had come to an agreement with Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson. In a sudden change of events, Atkinson decided to stay with the Warriors and not leave to coach the Hornets.
It was reported that the Hornets and Atkinson couldn’t come to an agreement on the financial requirements for his staff. Atkinson decided that it would be better for his career to stay with the Warriors and who could blame him as the team just won another title. Now Charlotte must move on to other candidates and make the decision on who will coach the team.
Former coach Mike D’Antoni has been a name that’s been buzzing in the NBA circles for the Hornets. He was one of the finalists with Atkinson and the team seems to be moving towards him now. D’Antoni last was the head coach of the Houston Rockets and then joined Steve Nash as an assistant for the Brooklyn Nets. He is respected around the league and would bring veteran experience to Charlotte.
His coaching style would resemble former Hornets coach James Borrego, but D’Antoni has mastered his system. It favors smaller lineups that specialize in offense. Having a point guard like LaMelo Ball at his disposal could allow the Hornets offense to thrive. The success that D’Antoni had with James Harden and Steve Nash could help translate to the growth of Ball.
The offensive innovation of D’Antoni surely is what is attracting the Hornets to him and for good reason. D’Antoni has been an offensive genius for years in the NBA and could bring the show to Buzz City now. If the Hornets do end up signing D’Antoni, then surrounding Ball with shooters would be a good idea. The Hornets offense was already strong last season but with the guidance of D’Antoni could be taken to new heights.
The problem for Charlotte would be on the defensive side of the ball. D’Antoni and his teams have not been known for defense and the Hornets weren’t very good last year on that side of the ball. If the team could get some players that play defense, then Charlotte could be a potentially scary team. Hornets owner Michael Jordan is meeting with D’Antoni and the two sides could soon be paired together.