CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The sign hangs above Steve Cliffords desk in an office hes called home for less than five months.
He first heard the slogan last year while working with Eddie Jordan for the Lakers. It stuck with him and seemed especially pertinent once he was appointed to his first NBA head coaching gig.The placard quotes former Princeton coach Pete Carril:
Go slow, so they can learn fast.
Cliffords staff had to remind him of that throughout the preseason. So far, so good. Hes been pleased with not only his own personal patience, but also the successful installation of the bigger-action items.
If you look back at what I had planned a month ago and what I thought we would have in by now offensively and defensively, I was way, way off, Clifford said. But again, I like what weve done. We have a long way to go but I believe weve made good progress in the time weve been together.
There are things like two-for-one situations and additional sets that Clifford has yet to install, but h...