Ex-Nets coach Atkinson an assistant candidate for Lue, Clippers

Former Nets coach Kenny Atkinson holds the ball during a game against the Knicks.

Former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson has emerged as a “strong contender” to join Tyronn Lue’s staff of assistants with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Lue has already added former NBA guard Chauncey Billups and former Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers assistant and head coach Larry Drew.

Atkinson was fired by the Nets in March, shortly before the league suspended play.

He has since been in the running for coaching vacancies with the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets — but the Bulls hired Billy Donovan and the Rockets seem to be moving in a different direction.

Atkinson was an assistant under current Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer when Budenholzer was with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of Amico Hoops. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for both Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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