Tim Reynolds: Magic President Jeff Weltman says making a giant organizational shift midseason wasn’t fair to Orlando’s coaching staff. “What can I say? They’ve done an amazing job,” Weltman said of Steve Clifford and his assistants. No word on a Cliff extension yet, however.
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According to several NBA officials, among the coaches who are on shaky ground are Sacramento’s Luke Walton, Washington’s Scott Brooks, Houston’s Stephen Silas, Orlando’s Steve Clifford and Indiana’s Nate Bjorkgren
Charlotte Hornets PR: NEWS: The @hornets have relieved Head Coach Steve Clifford of his head coaching duties.
General Manager Rich Cho has already been let go, and while the Hornets have begun a search for his replacement, the status of Clifford is up in the air. Clifford, 56, is well-respected around the league and well-liked by owner Michael Jordan. But this decision could come down to who Jordan hires to replace Cho and whether they want to make a fresh start on the sidelines.
Marc STEIN: The status of Charlotte Coach Steve Clifford was not addressed above in our preview of potential coaching changes this offseason, but it seems safe to assume that every aspect of Charlotte’s basketball operations will be under the microscope once the Hornets have their replacement for Rich Cho after a highly disappointing season in which they were expected to make a much more credible playoff push.
Asked if he anticipates Steve Clifford, who has a season remaining on his contract, being the coach here next season, Polk responded, “I would today.” Like each of Clifford’s previous four seasons, he and his staff will be evaluated in the spring. “Once we get a new general manager on board, we’ll talk about the coaching staff,” Polk said. “Steve has brought a lot of strong organization” to the franchise, Polk said, adding Clifford’s health crisis (a six-week leave to address severe headaches) concerned everyone in management.
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Derek Bodner: Embiid, on whether losing in the playoffs has taken a toll on him: “I want to win. I do everything it takes to win. Losing is obviously gonna take a toll on me, and it does, and it’s doing it. But it’s also on me. I gotta be better.”
Chris Vivlamore: Embiid: “There is a lot of stuff that went wrong whether they can foul me all they want, whether it’s the whole officiating tonight. You got guys fouling, putting their hands up. Me going for a dunk and they don’t call anything. …