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