Key Points from Kenny Atkinson’s WFAN Interview

By Kathryn Przybyla

Coming off Monday’s press conference when he was introduced at the Nets new Head Coach at HSS Training Center in Brooklyn, Kenny Atkinson jumped on the line with Joe & Evan on WFAN for a radio interview to talk Nets: his first impressions, his players and his vision for the future.

“I was blown away by the infrastructure here, a D-League team 45 minutes away. That’s the way this league is going. Listen, I’m from New York and grew up on Long Island. For me, this is a high-priority job if I ever had the chance to compete for it.”

“I think we can build something. It’s not going to happen overnight. I want to see steady improvement on a daily basis. I think we can find some players for the way we want to play.”

“I’m excited, I think we can get it done and I’m ready to get to work.”

“It’s going to be a grind every day -- that I can promise the Brooklyn fans. We’re going to have a great culture here and bring in high-character players. We can turn this thing around.”

“The first thing we have to sell is the change in culture. They have to feel that. A bunch of our players yesterday were saying, ‘we want to be a part of this.’ We have to put it into action now.”

“At the end of the day, it’s New York. It’s a great market and there’s tons of potential here.”

[On the NBA Draft Lottery] “I think we have to focus on our future and think of the different ways we can get players here. We’re not focused on that. Past is the past, and we’re trying to be really creative.”

“We have to be able to play small, play big and rebound -- height, strength, versatility and skill.”

“Brook is an excellent starting center in this league and Thaddeus’ resume speaks for itself. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, man there’s your draft pick. He’s an athletic guy and can defend the position. Why can’t he be a darn-good starting three-man in this league?”

“I’m optimistic we can find the pieces. Sean Kilpatrick, White Plains, he’s driving into the workouts at the practice center and he’s hungry. He’s ready and has got a chip on his shoulder.”

“It’s tough to win in this league, our mentality is that we’re going to improve and be a competitive group in this league.”

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