“This guy wakes up at 6 a.m. every morning,” Lin said last February. “I’ll text after a game at midnight, 1 o’clock when I go home and I’ll say, ‘Hey can I look at those turnovers. Can I look at the upcoming team? How they run pick and rolls?’ And he ’ll have the film ready when I walk into the facility the next morning."
Atkinson was not a favorite of Knicks owner Jim Dolan, who according to Isola wanted him fired at one point then blocked his attempt to move to Portland's staff. However, Atkinson is considered a prospect for a future head coaching position.