Kenny Atkinson joins The Vertical Podcast

Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast. Atkinson details the challenge of taking over the rebuilding Nets and the emotion of retuning to his New York roots for his first head coaching opportunity in the NBA. Atkinson and Woj discuss Atkinson's long-winding road from Long Island to the University of Richmond to the old Continental Basketball Association to a decade and a half of playing in far-flung European cities and towns until becoming a coach. Atkinson discusses his career crossroads, leaving the New York Knicks bench to go to the Atlanta Hawks where his head coaching candidacy started to take shape. Atkinson grew up one of eight boys in a competitive sports family, sharpening his survival instincts and teaching him the value of relentlessness and tenacity. Atkinson goes into detail on learning about coaching through time spent with Yao Ming, Carmelo Anthony and Al Horford in the NBA.