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Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasons

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Camille Neal | 15 April, 2018, 01:34

The Charlotte Hornets have fired heave coach Steve Clifford, a native of ME, after the team failed to reach the playoffs for the third time in the last four seasons.

Clifford coached the Hornets to two winning seasons, including a 48-win squad in 2016 that secured the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference.

"I know he has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the organization and we wish him the best moving forward", Kupchak said.

The Hornets finished the year 36-46 before Clifford's dismissal.

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The move comes after Mitch Kupchak, recently hired as Charlotte's new President and General Manager, was given carte blanche by owner Michael Jordan to reshape the team's coaching staff and basketball operations. Teams that might have been considering firing their coach and looking on the market for a new one will have one more option to look at when considering potential replacements. He missed a month of the 2017-18 season due to headaches caused by sleep deprivation.

Clifford had been with the Hornets since 2013.

Stackhouse, also mentioned in connection with the Knicks and Magic jobs, has coached the Raptors 905 to the G League Finals the past two seasons.

It'll be interesting to see who the Hornets bring in to replace Clifford.

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