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Hornets fire head coach Steve Clifford

Charlotte, NC - April 8, 2017 - Spectrum Center: Isaiah Thomas (4) of the Boston Celtics and Coach Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets during a regular season game(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)


The Charlotte Hornets announced Friday that Head Coach Steve Clifford has been relieved of his head coaching duties just days after owner Michael Jordan hired Mitch Kupchak as president of basketball operations and general manager.

“I want to thank Coach Clifford for his contributions to the Hornets,” said Kupchak. “I know he has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the organization and we wish him the best moving forward. The search for a new coach will begin immediately.”

Clifford was named Charlotte head coach on May 29, 2013. He finished with a regular-season record of 196-214 (.478 winning percentage). Charlotte qualified for the NBA Playoffs in 2013 and 2016. The Hornets finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 36-46 record.

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