After five seasons with the Charlotte Hornets, Head Coach, Steve Clifford, has been relieved of his duties with the team. This firing comes after a tough year for Steve Clifford who missed a good portion of the season for health reasons and the Hornets who finished just 36-46.
NEWS: The @hornets have relieved Head Coach Steve Clifford of his head coaching duties.— Charlotte Hornets PR (@HornetsPR) April 13, 2018
During his tenure in Charlotte, Clifford finished with a 196-214 record with the team and saw a playoff birth only two times, both ending in first round exits. The Hornets failed to make the playoffs the past two seasons despite having a veteran roster, an all-star player, and one of the NBA’s highest pay rolls.
This firing comes after the hiring of new general manager, Mitch Kupchak, who was officially announced Monday night. This was Clifford’s first gig as a Head Coach, after spending 13 years as an assistant coach throughout the league.
The move isn’t a surprise to many Hornets fans, though debate remains among fans who felt he deserved one last chance, and those who felt that it been long been over due.
Even Clifford hinted at his future during his post season review conference, stating that this season may have put his job in jeopardy. During his time here the Hornets have failed to show any signs of progression and have failed to keep up with playoff contending teams on a consistent basis.
Clifford will reportedly be well sought out as many teams in the league are in the hunt for a new coach. Hornets will also immediately begin the search for a new head coach. Some potential candidates include Jerry Stackhouse, David Fizdale, Frank Vogel and Jason Kidd.
What are your thoughts on Clifford’s firing, and who do you want to see coaching the Hornets?