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Nets hire Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson as new coach

Kenny Atkinson has become one of the NBA's most respected assistant coaches, helping the Atlanta Hawks to their best season ever.

The Brooklyn Nets think he's ready to run his own team.

The Nets hired Atkinson as their new coach on Sunday, bypassing the type of big names they've targeted for the bench in Brooklyn and turning to someone experienced with developing winning programs gradually.

"Aside from his tremendous skills and experience, he has the mindset we need to build a winning team day by day, step by step," owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement. "Together, we can do great things."

Atkinson will remain with the Hawks until...

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