Well, all we can say about this is it’s not much of a surprise.
After a disappointing 36-46 record, good for 10th in the Eastern Conference this season, the Charlotte Hornets have fired head coach Steve Clifford.
Charlotte has dismissed Steve Clifford, team says.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 13, 2018
The move is one that was probably long overdue, as Clifford has dealt with some health issues this season that sidelined him from coaching, and his success on the court hasn’t been as good as hoped when the Hornets brought him in back in 2013.
The Hornets only made the playoffs once under his guidance — a 43-39 record in 2014 — and resulted in a 4-0 sweep to the Miami Heat that year. 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.
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. Clifford leaves the Hornets with a career coaching record of 196-214, and is expected to field other job offers from teams in the market for a new head coach.