Steve Clifford, Hornets Agree on New Contract: Latest Comments, Reaction

November 25th, 2015 by Alec Nathan Leave a reply »

Steve Clifford has helped propel the Charlotte Hornets to an 8-6 start following a 2014-15 campaign loaded with regression, and the team has reportedly rewarded the tactician with a contract extension. 

The Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell reported Wednesday that the extension includes a three-year guarantee through the 2018-19 season. ESPN's Brian Windhorst confirmed the report. 

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix was among those who praised the decision: 

Clifford joined the Hornets for the 2013-14 season after serving as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks, and his arrival made a world of difference for a club that had become renowned as an Eastern Conference also-ran. 

After missing the playoffs in the three years prior to Clifford's arrival, the then-Bobcats battled their way to a 43-39 record and a first-round playoff showdown with LeBron James' Miami Heat. Although the postseason appearance resulted in a four-game exit, the Bobcats proved to be one of the league's toughest nightly matchups thanks to a ...

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