Brooklyn Nets center DeAndre Jordan strongly disputed reports that linked coach Kenny Atkinson’s departure to the high-profile players,  namely Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant,  signed by the team last summer.

The Nets announced they had “mutually agreed to part ways” with Atkinson on Saturday.

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Jordan said he was “shocked” when he heard the news and that he thought Atkinson “did a great job with us.”

General manager Sean Marks was asked on several occasions at his news conference on Saturday if Irving, Durant or the other players had input into the decision. Marks said it was born out of conversations between him and Atkinson.

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