Per a Bonnell tweet which I can't embed.
If I may put on the homer glasses here for a bit...
The players like him and he seems well respected around the NBA community. According to an offseason article from Woj, many around the league were monitoring this situation and waiting to see if Clifford would be available after this season.
It's also important to note that I believe this is the first time in modern franchise history a coach has gotten an extension, and given our history in that department, that kind of stability can't be understated.
Much like a maligned Ron Rivera, this year Clifford has shown the ability to adapt to his personnel, which was a legitimate gripe in previous years. He's not perfect and still does frustrating things at times, but the ability to evolve is there, and that's very important.
We've seen in Charlotte what can happen with coaches and lame duck seasons. Not saying Cliff would have taken the Fox route but who knows what would have happened if *knock on wood* everyone was hurt at the end like last season?
*Waits for the flying tomatoes*