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.
Clifford was the Hornets head coach for the past five seasons. The past two seasons, though, have been identical 36-46 records.
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 being the Hornets head coach, he spent a season as a Los Angles Lakers assistant coach.
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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