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Hornets Leaning Toward Letting Coach Clifford Go

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Link: http://woelfelspressbox.com/2018/04/nba-coaching-carousel-ready-to-start-up/

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In conversations with a bevy of league officials, as many as nine coaches – or almost a third of the league — could possibly be fired. Among the teams that are leaning heavily toward jettisoning their head coaches, according to league sources, are Memphis, Charlotte and Orlando. Additionally, Milwaukee, barring a deep run in the playoffs, and Phoenix are expected to hire new head coaches this summer.

Potential names that are popping up around the league for replacements as a whole (not just for the Hornets) include: Jerry Stackhouse (Raptors 905 coach), Nick Nurse (Toronto assistant coach), Monty Williams (San Antonio VP of operations), Mark Jackson (ESPN Analyst), Kevin McHale (Turner Sports Analyst), Jeff Van Gundy (ESPN Analyst), Rick Pitino (Former Louisville Head Coach), David Fizdale (Former Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach), Jason Kidd (Former Milwaukee Bucks Head Coach), Jay Wright (Villanova University Head Coach), Tony Bennett (University of Virginia Head Coach), and David Blatt (Darüşşafaka Head Coach). 

Current head coaches that could be interested in coaching elsewhere include Doc Rivers (Los Angeles Clippers Head Coach) and Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta Hawks Head Coach).

Current head coaches that may be available if not retained include Jeff Hornacek (New York Knicks Head Coach) and Stan Van Gundy (Detroit Pistons President and Head Coach).

Current interim coaches that could be available include Joe Prunty (Milwaukee Bucks Interim Head Coach) and Jay Triano (Phoenix Suns Interim Head Coach)

 

Anyone in particular you guys want if Coach Cliff is not retained?

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I want someone new and unproven who might be able to unlock the potential of the team. I don't want none of the same old guys who keep getting jobs despite never having done poo in the league.

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Jay Wright - could he be next Brad Stevens? Idk, im not up on college coach prospects

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Watching Monk over the last week should have put the nail in the coffin for Clifford, honestly.

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4 hours ago, bLACKpANTHER said:

Jay Wright - could he be next Brad Stevens? Idk, im not up on college coach prospects

Wright is amazing but doubt he would leave Nova.  Great coach though, good call.

One name on that list in the OP - Rick Pitino?  No way there.

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Jerry Stackhouse is going to be looped into this team due to his UNC connection. That being said, he's been really good at his current post in the G League. Won a title there. I think he'd be a great Assistant/Assoc Head Coach to start.

Tony Bennett is a former Hornet and runs a defensive heavy system which should be something we are used to.

However, I think we need to go with a coach that is more offensively minded given the skillset of some of our younger assets. Idk what name to give you that qualifies to be honest.

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Cliff is a decent coach but his stubbornness is his undoing, he plays to his favorites and over looks their flaws while letting other players rot on the bench for minor offenses. 

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