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Where did it all go wrong? A post-mortem for NBA

There's a few NBA teams who went into the year with high hopes and ended up with low win totals. We've picked out three teams in each conference who were blindsided by a trip to the lottery, and we've gone back to look at how and where it all went so very, very wrong. New York Knicks Great Expectations: The Knicks went into the season feeling optimistic. They'd added former MVP...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlotte Hornets’ PR and Steve Clifford Both Nominated for Awards

The Professional Basketball Writers Association has nominated both the Charlotte Hornets’ PR and Steve Clifford for separate awards this season. Even though the Charlotte Hornets have struggled on the court this season, the PBWA chose to recognize their PR team and head coach Steve Clifford for their cooperation with the media. The PR team has […] Charlotte Hornets’ PR and...
Via Swarm & Sting
18 days ago

Clifford: Poor defense has led to Hornets' losing streak

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford points to one factor when explaining his team's five-game losing streak - a lack of defense. Charlotte went 0-5 on its recent road trip, surrendering an uncharacteristic 109.6 points per game during that span. The Hornets return home Wednesday night to face the Portland Trail Blazers, part of a stretch of five-game home stand which...
Via Associated Press
January 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Knicks veterans reportedly frustrated with Kurt Rambis’ defensive scheme

The New York Knicks don’t have a lot going for them right now, and that applies to the defensive side of the ball as well. According to Ian Begley of ESPN on Wednesday, some of the team’s veterans have begun to privately express frustration with the defensive scheme of associate head coach Kurt Rambis. Rambis was put in charge of the defense after the Knicks began the season...
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 12, 2017  |  Discuss

Steve Clifford frustrated with Hornets: ‘We just don’t play defense now’

The Charlotte Hornets are off to a lackluster 8-7 start to the season, and head coach Steve Clifford thinks that lack of defensive effort is a big reason why. Before the Hornets faced the New York Knicks on Saturday, Clifford, who is known as a defense-first head coach, was highly critical of his team’s effort on that end of the floor as of late, per Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 26, 2016  |  Discuss

The Charlotte Hornets want to help turn city around

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina has been rocked recently by racial protests after the death of Keith Scott last week. The protests threatened the Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings game over the weekend that was ultimately played without issue. With the Panthers able to make their game happen, the Charlotte Hornets now would like to help as well and help turn the city...
Via The Comeback
September 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Steve Clifford The Most Undervalued Asset In The NBA?

How valuable is Steve Clifford? He's probably the most underrated coach in the NBA. At best, he's currently the third most recognizable basketball coach in the state of North Carolina. And yet, as Clifford quietly builds a seemingly unfailing system in Charlotte, Hornets' fans daydream about a 2017 homecoming of Steph Curry. If their standing in a potential Curry sweepstakes is...
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August 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Hornets over Heat: the vindication of Steve Clifford

After Game 2 of his first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornet coach Steve Clifford had a lot to say. Looking back on that statement, it’s very hard to contest the essential truths of Clifford’s points. Charlotte scored 16 more points than the ice-cold Heat, frolicking to victory on a day when Kemba Walker was 4 of 19 from the field...
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April 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Nicolas Batum could miss remainder of Heat series

Could this be au revoir to the Charlotte Hornets’ postseason hopes? According to a report by Justin Verrier of ESPN on Thursday, Hornets swingman Nicolas Batum could miss the remainder of the team’s first-round playoff series against the Miami Heat with a sprained right ankle. Batum was injured in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s 115-103 Game 2 loss when he stepped on the...
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Hornets coach Steve Clifford is right to stick to his guns

You could choose to view Steve Clifford in a negative light after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round series between his Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat. More precisely, you could choose to negatively view the quality of Clifford’s coaching, since his team is getting smoked. You could also choose to perceive Clifford’s extensive post-game remarks, shown below,...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 21, 2016  |  Discuss
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