Report: Bobcats hire Lakers assistant Clifford

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Report: Bobcats hire Lakers assistant Clifford

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by CHRIS CLARK / NBC Charlotte & Associated Press

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 5:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Sources have told NBC Charlotte Sports Director, Chris Clark, that the Charlotte Bobcats have reached an agreement in principle with Lakers assistant Steve Clifford as their new head coach.

Several internet reports, including one from Yahoo Sports, surfaced early Monday evening suggesting Los Angeles Lakers Assistant Steve Clifford has been hired to coach the team.

According to USA Today, the deal is reportedly for two years with an option for a third.  If Clifford is here all three years he stands to earn $6 million over the life of the contract.  Clifford has spent 12 seasons as an NBA assistant.  He's made stops in Los Angeles, Orlando, Houston and New York.

Attempts to contact the Bobcats to confirm Clifford's hire were unsuccessful Monday night.  Dunlap was fired at the end of the 2013 season, following a 21-61 record.

The Bobcats have the fourth overall pick in June's NBA Draft.

Clifford has worked as an assistant in New York, Houston, Orlando and Los Angeles, but has never been a head coach at the NBA level. He has worked under both Jeff and Stan Van Gundy and will become the sixth coach of the Bobcats since 2006-07.

The Bobcats made the move to hire Clifford one day before he was slated for a second interview with the Bucks for their coaching vacancy.

Clifford came to Los Angeles with Dwight Howard from the Magic and was retained for the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach. However, the Lakers granted him permission to interview with other teams.

Prior to joining the Lakers, Clifford spent five seasons with Orlando, working alongside Stan Van Gundy. During that five-year span, the Magic were 259-135 (.657) and reached the NBA Finals in 2009.

Clifford also spent four seasons as an assistant with the Rockets under Jeff Van Gundy and three years with the Knicks.

 

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