Cavaliers hire Kenny Atkinson as head coach | Good Word with Goodwill

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Yahoo Sports senior NBA reporter Vincent Goodwill reacts to the Cavaliers hiring former Nets head coach and Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson as new head coach. Hear the full conversation on “Good Word with Goodwill” – part of the “Ball Don’t Lie” podcast – and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you listen.

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The Cavs hiring Kenny Atkinson.

Kenny, of course, spent a number of years with Golden State after three plus years with the Brooklyn Nets and the Cavs are in such an interesting spot right now because for one, you have the Donovan Mitchell situation where he can sign an extension with the cavs or if he chooses not to, it will of course be a signal that he wants out.

It seems like all the things that we’ve been hearing up until this point, it’s very likely to happen assuming they get the right coach.

And if they, if they’re hiring Kenny Atkinson, and they feel pretty confident about it, especially if Dan Gilbert has been spearheading this coaching search or spearheading the flip flop from James Borrego being the leading candidate to now Kenny Atkinson taking over, maybe he knows something that the rest of us do not.

Now, I also think that ownership getting involved and basically changing the direction of coaching searches, not always the most positive thing, you know, Monty Williams record contract seemed to be sort of directed by Tom Gorris and not by Troy Weaver who’s no longer there because of all the situations and everything that happened there.

And it just makes for a messy thing.

It makes for very, very, I won’t say unclean, but it just makes for a very tricky situation because you’re wondering now, is the coach going to be answering to the general manager in the front office or is the coach going to be answering to the owner, the power structure in these situations become very murky and muddy.

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