Steve Clifford is the Charlotte Bobcats new head coach

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The Charlotte Bobcats has hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford as head coach.

Charlotte BObcats logoClifford signed a two-year deal with a team option for a third that could be worth approximately $6 million.  Clifford replaces Mike Dunlap, who was fired after one season as coach. Charlotte went 21-61 in 2012-’13.

The Lakers assistant was also a finalist for the Milwaukee Bucks head coaching job, and Charlotte made their move to offer Clifford the job before he traveled to Milwaukee on Tuesday for a second interview.

Rumors has it that he is expected to try to hire Patrick Ewing as one of his top assistant coaches, reuniting Ewing with his close friend, Bobcats’ owner Michael Jordan.

Clifford has had stops in New York, Houston, Orlando and Los Angeles as an NBA assistant coach.  Clifford had four 20-win seasons as a Division II head coach at Adelphi in New York.

My Two-Cents:  I consider Michael Jordan as the best player EVER to step onto the NBA court, but he is HORRIBLE as an executive/owner.  The Bobcats ran through five head coaches in seven years and their lottery picks have you scratching your head most of the time.

They have ZERO playoff-series victories in the nine-year franchise history. They hired Rich Cho as general manager (who was fired from the Portland Trailblazers less than a year from being hired) to try and build this franchise up to a winning standard.  Good luck with that.

I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see too much of a change. I hope Clifford can reverse the losing culture of this franchise, because if he doesn’t, it will be another Groundhog Day.  I give Clifford the two years that is on his contract before he leaves or gets fired.

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4 thoughts on “Steve Clifford is the Charlotte Bobcats new head coach

  1. I think Michael Jordan should try to be around practice more to encourage the players. Charlotte needs to take steps to build around Kemba Walker. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t a basketball player….he’s an athlete. He is not a great shooter, but has the strength to get to the basketball. But he doesn’t have the pure basketball skill/gene LeBron does.

    • MJ needs to find someone who’s an evaluator of talent; he picks Kidd-Gilchrist and pass up Beal, Waiters and Lillard. You might like Kemba Walker, but Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and Norris Cole wasn’t looked at. He picked Gerald Wallace over Holiday and Lawson. I know everything is hindsight 20-20, but a good evaluator would have took the time and looked at the futute of each player and to see if he fits the make-up of that team; I don’t even think the Bobcats know who they are yet.

      • MJ should hire a general manager and stick to being an owner and a mentor for the playoffs. What else could motivate the players? Having the GOAT as the owner of your team, at practice to help the coaches and you. The GOAT encouraging you. But MJ needs to focus on that. Let’s see how the Bobcats do with the fourth pick in the draft. I think Victor Oladipo or Anthony Bennett should be targeted.

      • Agreed. Oladipo would fit in nicely with the Bobcats, he is viewed as a hard worker and that is what the team needs. I also agree that Jordan needs to be more involved with the day-to-day operations. I think if he can just try it for one season, he will see a difference and would be more incline to stick with it….AND GET A LEGIT GM!!!!

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