Hornets fire head coach Clifford

Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford

The Charlotte Hornets Have Fired Steve Clifford After Missing The Playoffs — Again

Well, all we can say about this is it's not much of a surprise.

On Friday morning, the Charlotte Hornets announced the team was moving on from head coach Steve Clifford.

Kupchak said in a prepared statement Clifford worked "incredibly hard" for the franchise, adding a coaching search for his replacement will commence immediately.

Charlotte earned playoff berths in 2013 and 2016, but slid after the Hornets pushed Miami to a seven-game series in the first round of the 2016 postseason.

Injuries certainly played a role in the Hornets' inability to live up to expectations, and even Clifford himself missed an extended period this season due to health concerns.

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With the hiring of Mitch Kupchak as the Hornets new GM, it was only a matter of time before a new head coach was brought in.

The good news for Clifford is that, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, the veteran coach may not be out of a job for long.

Clifford's firing is the latest move for the Hornets, who hired Kupchak Sunday.

Charlotte finished 36-46 despite what Clifford on Wednesday called his most talented team. He finished with a regular-season record of 196-214 (.478 winning percentage).

"You can't have too many guys on the floor who can't guard their positions", Clifford said.

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