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Hornets G Walker sits out game vs Cavs with sore knee

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker will miss Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a sore left knee. According to Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, Walker's knee problems developed during the Hornets' road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday. ''We'll know more tomorrow,'' Clifford said. ''He was really sore (Tuesday)...
Via Associated Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Hornets C Zeller out again, could be 'out for a little bit'

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford says center Cody Zeller will not play against the New York Knicks and could be ''out for a little bit'' with a strained right shoulder. Clifford said a timetable for Zeller's return might be known later Saturday night. It's the same shoulder Zeller had operated on earlier this year and kept him sidelined for a few months...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kemba Walker scores 40, leads Hornets to OT win at Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Trailing by 15 points after the third quarter, the Charlotte Hornets figured their chances were slim with Kemba Walker on the floor, and perhaps none without him.Walker played the entire fourth quarter and overtime, finishing with 40 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals to help the Hornets rally for a 120-116 win over the Orlando Magic on Friday...
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Why is Charlotte's defense melting?

Since Steve Clifford was named head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, defense has been that organization's calling card. They'd ground their opponents down into a muddy, low-scoring brawl, and hope to score enough points to survive.But this year, exceedingly so over their last 10 games, Charlotte's defense has been uncharacteristically atrocious. Here's a closer look at why that is...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Steve Clifford is the leader Charlotte needs

The Charlotte Hornets not-so-secretly have one of the league's best coaches right now. Steve Clifford might not be uber-popular, but he's a sound mind who understands the relationship between offense and defense, and how success on one end is impossible without deliberate play on the other. It's why the Hornets recently gave him a contract extension despite last season's collapse...
Via Fox Sports
January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Hornets, coach Steve Clifford agree to contract extension

The Charlotte Hornets and head coach Steve Clifford have agreed in principle on a contract extension, the team announced on Wednesday. Clifford was on the final year of the original contract he signed in 2013. The deal will run through the 2018-19 season with a team option for a fourth year, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. A longtime NBA assistant coach before...
Via Fox Sports Carolinas
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Hornets extend Clifford with multi-year deal

The Charlotte Hornets have a solid head coach in Steve Clifford, and they reportedly aren't willing to let him become a free agent this summer. According to The Charlotte Observer, Clifford and the Hornets have agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep him in Charlotte until 2019:Clifford spent 13 years as an assistant coach with the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets...
Via Fox Sports
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Three candidates for Rockets to replace Kevin McHale

If your Wednesday morning started off at all similar to my own, you probably woke up on Wednesday morning confused to find out that Houston Rockets head coach, Kevin McHale, had gotten the axe just 11 games into the NBA season. After reaching the Western Conference Finals just a season ago, a 4-7 start to the season was not what the anyone was expecting. While the exact reasons...
Via isportsweb.com
November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

The Charlotte Hornets: The NBA's Most Improved Offense

When Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford decides to make a change, he does not mess around. In Clifford's first year at the helm of the (then) Bobcats, he transformed a defense that ranked 29th overall in points allowed into a top-five defense. This year, Coach Clifford has shifted his focus to the team's offense, and the results have been demonstrative.When defensive stud...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Clifford Planned To Accept First NBA Head Coaching Offer Regardless Of Team

Steve Clifford has had an excellent first season as an NBA head coach, turning the Charlotte Bobcats into one of the better defensive teams and almost certainly will earn a playoff berth. Clifford was a longtime assistant coach and had yet to receive a head coaching opportunity. "I'll be honest," said Clifford. "I interviewed with three teams, and look, with my background where I...
Via RealGM
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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