Charlotte Hornets

We are nearing a month until the 2024 NBA Draft with the Hornets holding the 6th overall pick. To break down the Draft, Paul Biancardi of ESPN joined Kyle Bailey to break down some of the key prospects that could be in play for the Charlotte Hornets. Paul was asked about the guy the Hornets […]

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If you didn't already know, the Charlotte Hornets hired Boston Celtics assistant, Charles Lee earlier today, to be the next head of the franchise, which has undergone a lot of changes off the court, with a change in ownership, a new Director of Basketball Operations has been hired, and now they have their new voice to lead the team into this new era. Lee was hired over JJ Redick, who was a finalist for the job, despite not having any head coaching experience at any level of basketball. While Lee hasn't been a head coach either, he's been an assistant for a decade and has spent time with the Bucks and the Celtics, arguably the two best franchises in the Eastern Conference over the last 5 seasons. While he doesn't specialize in one specific end of the court, he's known for his ability to develop talent, which Charlotte is banking on, with guys like LaMelo Ball, Mark Williams, and Brandon Miller all in the early stages of their NBA careers. 

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After a long coaching search, the Charlotte Hornets announced this morning they are hiring Boston Celtics assistant, Charles Lee, as their next head coach. Lee will take over the role once the Celtics' season comes to an end, which could be in the middle of June. Lee, who has 10 years of NBA experience, is now tasked with turning Charlotte back into a winner, something that wasn't possible the last couple of seasons due to a number of injuries. 

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As the second round of the NBA Playoffs gets underway, the other teams in the NBA are in off-season mode, including the Charlotte Hornets, after injuries took away any chance of the team competing for a spot in the Play-In tournament. When Steve Clifford announced he was stepping down at the end of the season, it brought into focus the main objective for the 2024 off-season, finding a coach that turn the franchise not only back into a winner, but a contender in the Eastern Conference. With over a month's worth of work into the search, the Hornets are finding out that even with LaMelo Ball and Brandon Miller on the roster, the job isn't as desired as it should be, given the young talent that's already established itself at the NBA level. 

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Ever since the Charlotte Hornets began their search for a new head coach, Dawn Staley has been a name that fans, and those in the basketball community have pondered as a potential candidate for the opening. Earlier this month, Staley led South Carolina women's program to their national championship under her watch, and a perfect season, after dispatching Iowa in the championship game. After the win, Staley was visibly emotional, but it was uncertain as to why, because she had won national championships before, many believe it was her hinting that she was moving on to another job, maybe in the NBA and the WNBA. 

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It's been over a week since the 2023-24 season came to an end for the Charlotte Hornets, after a 21-61 season, that went sideways after another rash of injuries made it hard for the team to compete in the Eastern Conference. The lone bright spot from the disastrous season came in the form of rookie Brandon Miller, who validated Charlotte's decision to draft him #2 overall last summer. Miller played in 74 games as a rookie, averaging 17.3 points, on 44% shooting, and 37% from behind the three-point line. Last night, it was announced that Miller was a finalist for the Rookie of the Year award, which will ultimately end up in the hands of Victory Wembmanyama. 

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Yesterday was the final day of the 2023-24 regular season, and as we've known for some time, there won't be playoff basketball in Charlotte once again. After entering the season with optimism of competing in the Eastern Conference, the Hornets slumped to a 21-61 record, after another rash of injuries took the team out of contention by the turn of the calendar. With that though, the atmosphere in and around Spectrum Center, is still a positive one, after the rookie season Brandon Miller compiled, along with the hire of Jeff Peterson in the front office, and a new head coach on the horizon. 

The Charlotte Hornets closed the season on a positive note, ending Steve Clifford’s coaching career with a 120-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Miles Bridges’ coast-to-coast layup with 3.8 seconds to play notched a 115-114 win for the Charlotte Hornets over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

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The 2023-24 NBA season is one to forget for many Hornets fans, after the team was basically eliminated from the postseason, by Christmas for the second straight season. Yes, injuries played a role once again in Charlotte's struggles, but that excuse can only go so far and be used so many times. Even with the struggles this season, there was a chance that head coach Steve Clifford would be back for next season, given his relationship with the new President of Basketball Operations, Jeff Peterson. That skepticism came to an end last week, when Clifford announced that he's stepping down from his role as head coach, for a role in the front office. Charlotte joins Brooklyn and Washington as open jobs as we enter the final week of the regular season, with many more openings projected to become available once the season comes to an end.