Steve Clifford Rumors
Isaac has been through a coaching change before in the pros, the transition from Frank Vogel to Clifford. Isaac hopes that the team will rally around Mosley like it did with Clifford. “With Coach Cliff, I feel like everybody bought in and we were serious about the team that we wanted to be and the place that we wanted to get to, and there were results,” Isaac said. “So it’s going to be the same thing with Coach Mosley: everybody coming in and being locked-in, wanting to be there and putting our best foot forward. And we’ll get better as a team.”
“I was a little disappointed [at not getting the Pacers job], but Rick was a great hire for them,” Clifford said. “Hell, I would have hired him, too, if I were them. He’s a great coach and did a tremendous job when he coached there before.”
As for Clifford, his immediate plans are to either take off next season or perhaps do some consulting work and wait for something to open up after next season. “I hope to be a head coach again and that’s why I want to use this next period of time as productively as I can to grow as coach,” Clifford said. “I’m hopeful about getting another opportunity. If I have go back to be a bench assistant to do that, I would be willing to do that in the right situation.”
Clifford then busted out laughing — an obvious indication that the stress over his recent breakup with the Orlando Magic has quickly subsided. Even though Clifford admitted he threw a club in frustration during his most recent round of golf, a bad chip shot clearly isn’t causing him as much consternation as coaching a bad NBA team. Which is why he is no longer the head coach of the Orlando Magic.
In his first interview since his surprising departure as the Magic’s head coach last month, Clifford says he has no ill will whatsoever over the philosophical differences with Magic management and the mutual parting of the ways. In fact, he praised his working relationship with Jeff Weltman, the Magic’s president of basketball operations, and team general manager John Hammond.
“This was not some disjointed departure where we didn’t like each other,” Clifford said. “I got along well with Jeff and John. I feel very comfortable in saying Jeff, John and I worked well together and that we had a good relationship. This was more of what Jeff said when he talked about ‘alignment.’ That’s what it was about. Our goals did not align. I just didn’t want to spend another year …”