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Bobcats Hire Steve Clifford As Head Coach

Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford has agreed to become the new head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. He is expected to sign a two-year contract with a third year team option. The deal would be worth approximately $6 million.

Clifford replaces Mike Dunlap, who was fired a month ago after going 21-61 in his first season as the head coach of the Bobcats.

Clifford was one of the top coaching candidates for the Milwaukee Bucks, and planned to meet with the team for a second interview. The Bobcats stepped in and made an offer to him before he could meet with the Bucks.

The Bobcats expressed interest in multiple assistant coaches during their coaching search. Jeff Hornacek reportedly had a good interview, but accepted the Phoenix Suns offer to become their head coach.

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant Nate Tibbetts decided to join the Portland Trail Blazers as an assistant to Terry Stotts.

Former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry was one of the finalists for the position. He was informed Monday that he would was no longer being considered for the job. CKSA Moscow assistant Quin Snyder was also in the mix for the position.

Clifford has been an assistant for the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic, while Jeff and Stan Van Gundy respectively were head coaches. He’s spent most of his time as a defensive specialist.

It is believed that Clifford could be bringing in Patrick Ewing as one of his assistants. Ewing and Clifford were on the bench together in Orlando.

Information from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer was used in this report.

Grade The Bobcats Hire of Steve Clifford As Head Coach

  • F (2%, 1 Votes)
  • D (0%, 0 Votes)
  • C (12%, 6 Votes)
  • B (52%, 26 Votes)
  • A (34%, 17 Votes)

Total Voters: 50

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