Mike D’Antoni identified as serious candidate as Charlotte Hornets begin interviews for coaching emptiness, sources say

The Charlotte Hornets are starting to interview candidates for the franchise’s head-coaching opening, together with the potential for a reunion for common supervisor Mitch Kupchak with ex-Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, sources advised ESPN.

D’Antoni has been identified as a serious candidate early within the course of, particularly due to the potential for pairing him with younger level guard LaMelo Ball, sources stated.

D’Antoni will meet with the Hornets together with a number of present assistant coaches whom Charlotte requested permission to talk to, together with Golden State‘s Kenny Atkinson, Milwaukee‘s Darvin Ham and Dallas‘ Sean Sweeney, sources stated. All three of these assistants are presently coaching within the playoffs.

Atkinson, 54, inherited a downtrodden Nets group and led it to the Eastern Conference playoffs in his third season in 2018-2019. He constructed a powerful repute in participant growth as each an assistant and head coach.

Ham has been part of Mike Budenholzer’s staffs with Milwaukee and Atlanta and been a serious consideration for a number of head-coaching jobs lately, together with his present involvement with the Lakers’ opening.

Sweeney is taken into account the architect of the Mavericks’ stunning protection this season, and labored with head coach Jason Kidd with each the Nets and Bucks. This is his first interview for a head-coaching job.

D’Antoni is a two-time NBA Coach of the Year and owns a 672-527 (.560) file in practically 1,200 video games over twenty years with Denver, Phoenix, New York, Los Angeles and Houston. He spent the previous season as a coaching guide for Willie Green and the New Orleans Pelicans.

Charlotte fired coach James Borrego, who led the Hornets to consecutive appearances within the play-in event and made enhancements of 10-plus wins in consecutive seasons on the job.

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