Mike Budenholzer and Kenny Atkinson are friends from their time coaching together with the Atlanta Hawks.
A few times a year, they put their friendship aside to compete against the other and figure out how to get a win for their respective teams.
Monday night in Atlanta will be one of those instances as the Hawks get together with the Brooklyn Nets for the back end of a home-and-home set.
Budenholzer took over in Atlanta in 2013 and retained Atkinson, who joined the club as an assistant in 2012. Together, they helped the Hawks reach the playoffs, highlighted by 60 wins three years ago.
The success eventually led Atkinson to be named as the coach of the Nets in May 2016 to help oversee a rebuilding project. While Atkinson is 28-76 with the Nets, he has split the six meetings with his close friend.
Brooklyn handed Atlanta one of its 17 losses on Oct. 22 when it posted a 116-104 victory. The Hawks handed the Nets one of their 14 losses Saturday with a 114-102 victory. >> Read more
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