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

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Wow!  Been gone most of the day and I was playing ball when the news broke and came back to turn the game on and hear we made the hire.

 

Not sure if I like it, but I can't say too much negative about it as I'm not overly familiar with him.  BUT, players that have played for JVG respect him despite him not having any notable playing experience on his resume, and he LOVES the hire.  The other reason I'm extremely optimistic about the hire is that he has "paid his dues" in the pro ranks, as JVG mentioned during the game.  That makes a HUGE difference with players.  We aren't talking about a guy like Dunlap or Lawrence Frank...  He's been around for years, and usually respect comes with that.  He'll have little stories and anecdotes about former players to use as teaching skills and that builds trust with players...

 

So for those reasons, I'm very excited about this hire.  It's definitely a completely different feel than I had for the Dunlap hire - I hated that one immediately and saw no good that could come of it, but tried to give it a chance.

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Let's hope he stay for more than 1 season.

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We better make a run at Howard with Clifford as the coach...

 

We have $23 million dollars in cap room.

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As much as I'd like to think of how awesome that would be when omitting the personality factor with Howard, I can't...  Dude is a train wreck, and I'd prefer not to blow all of our cap room on a guy that isn't sure he's a franchise player himself and defers both blame and responsibility on others constantly.

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I dont care about how much respect he has with JVG or around the league. Dunlap had much respect from George Karl also. Let's hope hes the right guy. I'm sick of having new faces every year. It's time to start changing this attitude.

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We better make a run at Howard with Clifford as the coach...

 

We have $23 million dollars in cap room.

 

Cant see it happening.

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Cant see it happening.

 

I don't see him coming here either, but's worth a shot.

 

Worse case scenario is that he turns us down and we suck for one more year.

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I don't see him coming here either, but's worth a shot.

 

Worse case scenario is that he turns us down and we suck for one more year.

 

lol.

 

Chances are very low that he picks us. But let's say we make a run at him (Clifford) and trade with Minny (Cristaldi). We add Howard and Derrick Williams. That wouldn't be so bad.

 

PG: Kemba / Sessions

SG: Shabazz / Hendo

SF: Kidd-Gilchrist / Taylor

PF: Derrick Williams / Biz

C  : Howard

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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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lol.

 

Chances are very low that he picks us. But let's say we make a run at him (Clifford) and trade with Minny (Cristaldi). We add Howard and Derrick Williams. That wouldn't be so bad.

 

PG: Kemba / Sessions

SG: Shabazz / Hendo

SF: Kidd-Gilchrist / Taylor

PF: Derrick Williams / Biz

C  : Howard

 

I'd be down for that.

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I dont care about how much respect he has with JVG or around the league. Dunlap had much respect from George Karl also. Let's hope hes the right guy. I'm sick of having new faces every year. It's time to start changing this attitude.

 

The difference there is Clifford has put in quite a few years in the league and worked with pro players whereas Dunlap was predominantly a college coach with only a couple years under Karl only...  Clifford has been under multiple coaches with different teams and plenty of different players - he will get respect off the bat from players.  Dunlap was already operating in the red in regards to respect when he first stepped in the locker room.  It was a bad hire.

 

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I didn't know this but Clifford coached at ECU for one year.

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