Hornets Dismiss Steve Clifford

Hope Soto
April 14, 2018

Steve Clifford is out as Hornets head coach.

In February, Hornets chairman Michael Jordan announced the team would not extend the contract of former general manager Rich Cho, leading to Kupchak's hiring.

Kupchak said in a prepared statement Clifford worked "incredibly hard" for the franchise, adding a coaching search for his replacement will commence immediately. The growing list of teams searching for its next head coach includes Orlando, New York, Phoenix, Milwaukee and Memphis.

It'll be interesting to see who the Hornets bring in to replace Clifford. He finished with a regular-season record of 196-214 (.478 winning percentage).

Clifford had been with the Hornets since 2013. Clifford missed 21 games this season on medical leave due to intense headaches caused by sleep deprivation.

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Either way, it makes sense that the Hornets felt like a new hire was necessary.

The move comes after a meeting with new general manager Mitch Kupchak on Friday.

On Thursday, two head coaches were relieved of their duties. But it took Kupchak less than week on the job to fire Clifford. "So if you want to look back at our five years, and I told our staff this last night, I do feel very good about where we are and how we are perceived versus where it was five years ago".

But Clifford went on to say that isn't enough.

"You can't have too many guys on the floor who can't guard their positions", Clifford said. "You can get fired in one week in this league".

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