REPORT: Kenny Atkinson Amongst Candidates for Charlotte Head Coaching Spot

The Charlotte Hornets are reportedly set to start interviewing candidates for their head coach vacancy.

Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson, Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, Mavericks assistant Sean Sweeney, and Mike D’Antoni are the candidates that the Hornets front office executives will be interviewing.

Atkinson previously coached the Brooklyn Nets, leading the franchise to a 118-190 record in nearly four seasons before abruptly resigning during the 2019-2020 campaign. He then served as an assistant for the Clippers and the Warriors, where he is currently filling the same job. D’Antoni has the most head coaching experience amongst the four interviewees, leading the Nuggets, Suns, Knicks, Lakers, and the Rockets to a 672-527 record in 16 seasons.

Ham has also received a request to interview for the open Lakers job. Ham is a former player, having played overseas and in the G League. Since retiring in 2008, he’s served as a head coach for the former-New Mexico Thunderbird, now-Canton Charge of the G League. Since then, he’s worked as an assistant coach for the Lakers, Hawks, and Bucks.

After starting as a video coordinator in Brooklyn, Sweeny has worked as an assistant coach in Milwaukee, Brooklyn, and Detroit. He filled the same position at Northern Iowa and was director of basketball operations at the University of Evansville; he also coached at Anoka Ramsey Community College and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Sweeney is another former college hooper, earning all-conference honors as a senior in 2005-06 while playing at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul).