CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Charlotte Hornets announced on Friday that they will be parting ways with Head Coach Steve Clifford.
“I want to thank Coach Clifford for his contributions to the Hornets,” Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a written statement, released on Friday.
Clifford came to Charlotte on May 29, 2013, after spending the 2012-13 season as an assistant coach for the Lakers. He finished with a regular-season record of 196-214 (.478 winning percentage).
Charlotte qualified for the NBA Playoffs in 2013 and 2016. The Hornets finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 36-46 record.
“I know he has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the organization and we wish him the best moving forward. The search for a new coach will begin immediately," Kupchak said.
Clifford has over 30 years of coaching experience at the NBA and collegiate level, including 13 seasons as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers.