The Charlotte Hornets Have Fired Steve Clifford After Missing The Playoffs - Again

Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford

Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford

The Hornets announced on Friday that they relieved Steve Clifford of his head coaching duties.

Clifford is a good coach, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he'll be immediately considered for some open coaching jobs. Charlotte already hired Mitch Kupchak to replace Rich Cho as the team's president and general manager earlier this season, and the Clifford firing allows Kupchak to reshape the team how he wants. "He's been a great coach for me, very motivational".

The Hornets were 196-214 in five seasons under Clifford.

He is expected to be one of the top candidates for a coaching job, with roughly 10 National Basketball Association head coaching jobs expected to open up throughout the offseason.

"I know he has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the organisation and we wish him the best moving forward". The Hornets finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 36-46 record.

Jordan hired Kupchak on Sunday to replace Rich Cho, who was sacked earlier in the season after the Hornets failed to climb out of an early slump.

The Hornets only made the playoffs once under his guidance - a 43-39 record in 2014 - and resulted in a 4-0 sweep to the Miami Heat that year.

"The NBA isn't about winning, the NBA is about winning in the playoffs", Clifford said Wednesday when asked about his job security. Clifford missed 21 games this season because of headaches stemming from sleep deprivation.

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