Prepare for the head coaching search next season
Hornets (feels good to say that) hire Steve Clifford as coach
Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:32 PM
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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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:49 PM
High praise from Van Gundy and landing Ewing would be huge. Hopefully it works out.
Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:59 PM
If anyone knows Clifford, it's JVG and SVG; those guys go way back.
Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:02 PM
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.
Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:39 PM
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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Posted 27 May 2013 - 08:41 PM
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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