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Hornets (feels good to say that) hire Steve Clifford as coach

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Rick Bonnell ‏@rick_bonnell

Jeff Van Gundy on Steve Clifford: "This guy has It. When he gets his opportunity, he'll knock it out of the park."

 

More JVG: "Steve Clifford is a no-brainer, just like (Tom Thibodeau) was."

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High praise from Van Gundy and landing Ewing would be huge.  Hopefully it works out.

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If anyone knows Clifford, it's JVG and SVG; those guys go way back.

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Link: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/blog/ken-berger/22311894/bobcats-agree-in-principle-with-steve-clifford-as-new-coach

 

Just a little background on the hiring...

 

-The deal is a three year deal just under 6 million dollars with the third year being a team option

 

- Was as assistant for Jeff Van Gundy in Houston, Stan Van Gundy in Orlando, Mike Brown/Mike D'Antoni in Los Angeles.

 

- Worked with Patrick Ewing in Orlando.

 

 

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Ridiculously close relationship with Dwight Howard. I know we're not in on him as a free agent, but if it's money, anonymity, and a coach that gets him then he would have it here. Just a thought.

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The legend himself Bernie Bickerstaff was a Lakers assistant and D'Antoni decided not to keep him (huge mistake IMO).  I wonder if he would be interested in being an assistant for his old team.  

 

I wasn't thrilled with the Dunlap hiring, but I kinda thought firing after one year was a little lame, but hiring a guy with actual NBA experience seems like a good decision.

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Ridiculously close relationship with Dwight Howard. I know we're not in on him as a free agent, but if it's money, anonymity, and a coach that gets him then he would have it here. Just a thought.


I would be lying if I said the thought didn't cross my mind but I just can't see us in that race.

But just for giggles and daydreaming imagine a defense with Clifford at coach, Kemba, Oladipo, MKG, Biz, and Howard.

Sure we may not ever score more than 80 points but neither would our opponents. Lol

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Ridiculously close relationship with Dwight Howard. I know we're not in on him as a free agent, but if it's money, anonymity, and a coach that gets him then he would have it here. Just a thought.

 

I was actually thinking the same thing...

 

If it comes down to money and comfort, he'll end up in Charlotte. If it's all about winning, he'll be in Houston or Dallas. 

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JVG with a nice little shout out to Clifford during the Memphis/San Antonio game.

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Saves the embarrassment of a Snyder hire. Seems like solid hire, lots of experience in the NBA.

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I like it. Now when can we start dropping wasted cash off the books? Has that already happened? I wonder if Clifford can help us in the FA market?

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