Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
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Mainer Steve Clifford Fired As Coach Of Charlotte Hornets

Mainer Steve Clifford Fired As Coach Of Charlotte Hornets

The Charlotte Hornets have fired coach Steve Clifford, new president and GM Mitch Kupchak announced on Saturday morning (AEST).

Steve Clifford was sacked as coach of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets on Friday, April 13, 3 days after the end of their 3rd losing season in 4 campaigns.

"I know he has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the organization and we wish him the best moving forward", Kupchak said. Charlotte went 36-46 in each of the past two seasons.

Hired in May 2013, Clifford found immediate success in Charlotte, retooling the defense, drawing an All-NBA third-team season out of veteran big Al Jefferson, and elevating the then-Bobcats to a rare playoff appearance. He missed a month of the 2017-18 season due to headaches caused by sleep deprivation.

Kemba Walker will also enter the final year of his deal next season, and after Michael Jordan's unusual trade deadline comments, it's reasonable to assume that the Hornets may consider dealing him and moving onto a rebuilding process of some manner. Clifford, a defense-oriented coach, struggled to put together teams that could stop opponents in his final two seasons, in part because of a lack of bench strength.

It'll be interesting to see who the Hornets bring in to replace Clifford.

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