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NBA coaching tracker, latest updates: Kenny Atkinson changes his mind about joining the Hornets; Lakers hire Darwin Ham

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As a rule, after the season in the NBA there is a large turnover of personnel. However, this year has been a bit different as only four teams have (so far) parted ways with their head coach since the 2021–22 campaign, and three two of those concerts are already filled.

The Charlotte Hornets and Kenny Atkinson agreed to have the Warriors become assistants to their new head coach, but a few days later Atkinson changed his mind and would remain with Golden State. Charlotte will have to continue searching for a replacement for James Borrego.

Another team that is still looking for a new coach is the Utah Jazz, who have announced that Queen Snyder resigns as team coach after eight seasons. “After eight years, I just feel like it’s time to move forward,” Snyder said in a statement. “I needed time to step back after the season and make sure it was the right decision.” The Jazz will now begin searching for Snyder’s successor.

The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Frank Vogel immediately after the season and eventually replaced him with Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darwin Ham after an extensive search. Vogel coached the Lakers for three seasons and led them to a championship in 2020. Meanwhile, Ham has already received stamp of approval from Lakers star LeBron James.

The Sacramento Kings also fired and hired a head coach after the season ended in April. The team parted ways with acting head coach Alvin Gentry and replaced him with Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown. Brown has been an assistant coach for the Warriors since 2016. Although Gentry was replaced as coach, he didn’t get very far as he took a job in the Sacramento front office.

Until next season, more teams may jump into the coaching carousel. Here’s our tracker of all the major movements happening on the bench.

Hiring and firing in the NBA

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Analysis

Utah Jazz

Queen Snyder

After eight seasons, Snyder decided to step down from his position with the Jazz despite the team wanting him back as head coach. The Jazz have made the playoffs in each of Snyder’s last six seasons but have failed to advance past the Western Conference Semifinals in any of those campaigns. Utah will now be looking for a replacement who could potentially overcome the hump and reach the conference finals for the first time since 2007.

Los Angeles Lakers

Darwin Ham

Frank Vogel

The Lakers won the championship just two years ago, but after a disappointing season marred by injuries and a poorly drafted roster, they are now desperate to salvage what’s left of the LeBron James era while building a future without him. The ham comes from the Mike Budenholzer tree and has been instrumental in the development of several bucks, including Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez. He has no experience as a head coach, but he should be a great fit for the Lakers.

Sacramento Kings

Mike Brown

Luke Walton, Alvin Gentry

Sacramento went with the Warriors assistant coach to replace Luke Walton, who won 31 games in each of his two full seasons with the Kings but failed to make the playoffs in five full seasons as head coach. . Mike Brown will try to get Sacramento back in the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

Charlotte Hornets

James Borrego

Kenny Atkinson was supposed to replace Borrego but changed his mind and will remain with the Warriors as Steve Kerr’s assistant. Whoever ends up taking the job will take on a talented cast that includes LaMelo Ball. However, without a starting center and looming financial troubles, the new coach will have a lot of issues to work through.

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