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Hornets fire head coach Steve Clifford

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Charlotte Hornets have fired head coach Steve Clifford. His departure comes two days after the Hornets completed their season.

He is the third NBA head coach fired since the end of the season. Jeff Hornacek and Frank Vogel were fired by the New York Knicks and the Orlando Magic on Thursday.

Former Charlotte Hornets Head coach Steve Clifford is seen during the game against the Indiana Pacers
Steve Clifford is seen during the game against the Indiana Pacers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Clifford was the Hornets’ head coach for the past five seasons. The past two seasons, though, have been identical 36-46 records.

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In both seasons the team missed the playoffs.

As an NBA head coach, he’s gone 196-214 with the Hornets. During his tenure, the team went to the NBA playoffs twice, losing both times in the first round.

In the 2013-14 season, the then-Charlotte Bobcats were swept 4-0 in the first round. Then, in 2015-16, Charlotte went to Game 7, before losing in the first round.

His best season with the team was the 2015-16 campaign when he guided the team to a 48-34 record.

The Bobcats/Hornets franchise was the first head coaching job for Clifford. Prior to being the Hornets’ head coach, he spent a season as a Los Angles Lakers assistant coach.

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He also spent time as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets, and the New York Knicks. He also worked one season as the Knicks’ advance scout.

Before working in the NBA in 2000-01, he was a high school and college coach. He also spent four seasons as the Adelphia Panthers head coach, where he went 86-36, including 66-22 within the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso IIIhttps://thecapitalsportsreport.com
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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