HoopsHype Steve Clifford rumors


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The Bobcats made the first major free-agent signing in franchise history last July when center Al Jefferson accepted a three-season contract worth $13.5 million per season. Jefferson dramatically improved this team offensively. Now the coaches and front office hope the chance to play with Jefferson and point guard Kemba Walker will attract other talented players to Charlotte. “I would hope so,” Clifford said at his season-ending news conference. “Guys want to come to a nice place to live and where they have a chance to win. This is a step there. And guys know we have good guys.” Charlotte Observer

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Steve Clifford considers himself lucky anyone wanted him as an NBA head coach. “I’m not going to lie,” Clifford said. “I was always going to take the first job I was offered.” So when the Charlotte Bobcats made an offer last spring, Clifford canceled an interview with the Milwaukee Bucks and gave agent Steve Kauffman express orders: Don’t screw this up. That speaks to who Clifford is: He isn’t into pretense and his career is about the work, not the perks. Charlotte Observer

April 23, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford communicates a lot with team owner Michael Jordan via text message. Clifford said he benefits from the feedback. “He’ll text me sometimes just with things that he sees. He knows our team,” Clifford said Wednesday before Game 2 of the playoff series against the Miami Heat. “I appreciate how he treats me – he gives me suggestions, but he always says, ‘You’re the coach; do what you think.’ ” Charlotte Observer

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Regardless of how this series turns out for the Bobcats, what’s the upside for this team considering the salary cap room, the number of draft picks and securing a head coach in Steve Clifford? A: I would say the future is bright and I think it started with the Al Jefferson deal, a deal a lot of people questioned. He’s given them an anchor on their front line offensively, especially on a team that doesn’t shoot it well. I like Kemba Walker. I think he’s definitely a guy that he will be a guy you can rely on to be the starting point guard for many years to come. Charlotte Observer

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Somebody asked Bobcats coach Steve Clifford what he thought about raising the age limit for entry into the NBA draft. Clifford said most players can only benefit from another season at a program like Duke or North Carolina. But he stopped short of saying that’s reason to change the rule, and I know why: Clifford saw how impactful LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were long before they would have completed a sophomore season in college. There are always exceptions. Charlotte Observer

March 12, 2014 Updates

Neither the Charlotte Bobcats nor shooting guard Gary Neal discussed specifics on why Neal was held out of Wednesday’s 98-85 victory over the Washington Wizards. But it was behavioral, rather than medical, and Neal said he made amends. “I made a mistake,” Neal told the Observer post-game. ‘Me and coach talked about it and we’ll move forward from there.” Coach Steve Clifford called this an “internal team matter.” He said it was over after the game and Neal’s minutes won’t be affected when the Bobcats play the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Friday. Charlotte Observer

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“It’s the NBA, he knows it. When he’s in there, we’ll be careful what we run, but he needs to be ready by Friday (against the Indiana Pacers). That’s a big part of why he’s here. I was around him for a month (as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers). He picks things up quickly. I trust him as a competitor. I told him, ‘The reason you’re here is because you may be needed, so we need you ready’,” Steve Clifford said. Charlotte Observer

November 18, 2013 Updates
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Steve Clifford knew something was very wrong almost immediately. This wasn't indigestion. He wasn't light-headed. His chest hurt, badly. His breathing labored. And when he got up to from dinner to walk around, things got worse, not better. "I'd never felt pain like that in my chest," the Charlotte Bobcats coach said. "You wonder what's going on. Am I having a heart attack? Am I having a stroke? It was scary." ESPN.com

A little more than a week later, Clifford is back on the road with his team. The Bobcats improved to 5-4 with an 86-80 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. But his life is forever changed. "I didn't have significant damage to my heart," Clifford said. "It's functioning normally and there was no damage, so I'm lucky in that this should only help me if I'm smart with diet, rest, medication and education. My quality of life should be even better." ESPN.com

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