Hornets Relieve Steve Clifford Of Head Coaching Duties

Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford

The Charlotte Hornets have fired heave coach Steve Clifford, a native of ME, after the team failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

Clifford was let go following a meeting with new general manager Mitch Kupchak, who made the announcement. He acknowledged that the Hornets "didn't make good progress" this year. Clifford leaves the Hornets with a career coaching record of 196-214, and is expected to field other job offers from teams in the market for a new head coach.

Clifford, 56, has recovered from a several-week bout of headaches and insomnia that caused him to take a leave of absence this season.

The Hornets have fired coach Steve Clifford after the team failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

The Hornets also missed the playoffs for the third time in four years, finishing at 36-46 for the second consecutive season.

Clifford has over 30 years of coaching experience at the National Basketball Association and collegiate level, including 13 seasons as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.

Charlotte qualified for the NBA Playoffs in 2013 and 2016.

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