ME native Steve Clifford fired by Charlotte Hornets

Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford

Steve Clifford out as Hornets coach

Steve Clifford was sacked as coach of the NBA's Charlotte Hornets on Friday (April 13), three days after the end of their third losing season in four campaigns.

The move comes after a meeting with new general manager Mitch Kupchak.

Clifford has over 30 years of coaching experience at the National Basketball Association and collegiate level, including 13 seasons as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.

As Marc Stein of the New York Times notes, the dismissal came after Clifford met with Kupchak.

BC-BKN-Hornets-Clifford Fired, 136 Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford after 5 seasonsEds: APNewsNow. He got me to another level. "He's been special for me in my career". Clifford took over the club in May of 2013 and in his first season guided Charlotte to a 43-39 record and into the playoffs, although a Miami sweep ended the post-season run.

The Hornets were 196-214 in five seasons under Clifford. Since then, Charlotte failed to make the postseason every year, even with the development of Kemba Walker into an All-Star guard in the East, as well as the addition of Dwight Howard this year, who surprised many with his resurgent season.

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