Jeff Teague’s face lit up when asked about Kenny Atkinson being named the Brooklyn Nets’ newest head coach.

Kyle Korver recalled that when he was a free agent, the shooter wasn’t sure about the direction of the Hawks franchise and the turnover on the coaching staff, but that when Atkinson said he was returning, Korver knew things would be fine in Atlanta.

And Kent Bazemore gushed about Atkinson’s mastery of the pick and roll and his ability to communicate with players and simplify things the way a great point guard can for many teams.

One day after the Nets hired Atkinson to become their head coach, Hawks players unanimously said Atkinson is a great hire for Brooklyn. In fact, Hawks players who talked to the media on Monday were genuinely thrilled for Atkinson and it showed when they were asked about it.

“My guy!” Teague said when asked about Atkinson after Hawks practice on Monday. “That is the best news you guys gave me today ... I have been with him for a while now and all the work he does with me personally, the late nights, the early mornings, to get an opportunity to be a head coach, he deserves it.

“[He’s] a worker, he is someone who knows the game inside and out,” Teague continued. “Someone that loves the game. He really loves basketball. He is always in the gym, first one here every day. He wants to win. He is going to bring a different culture to Brooklyn. They are lucky to get a guy like him.”