Hornets fire head coach Clifford

14 April 2018, 06:30 | Kristine Mills

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford has been relieved of his duties after five seasons. More

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford has been relieved of his duties after five seasons. More

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

"The search for a new coach will begin immediately", Kupchak said.

Clifford had been with the Hornets since 2013. Kemba Walker will also enter the final year of his deal next season, and after Michael Jordan's odd 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 is the third head coach to be fired since the regular season ended on Wednesday.

Clifford had a year left on his contract.

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

Unfortunately for Clifford, the Hornets' front office decided that even with those obstacles, the team had simply underperformed too much, and they needed to make a change on the sidelines.

Clifford's job performance was complicated this season by a health crisis: He missed 5 ½ weeks of the season treating severe headaches related to sleep deprivation. The Hornets finished 16th in defensive efficiency and 12th in offensive efficiency, after Clifford had set a goal of a top-five defense. "I didn't realize what a toll it took on me as I had gotten a little older", Clifford said.



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