Steve Clifford shall continue as the Hornets head coach for the next three years. Clifford is already in his third season as Hornets coach and has a 84-94 record. On Wednesday, Clifford and the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to a three-year contract extension.
The deal includes a three-year guarantee that sees Clifford at Hornets until the 2018-19 season. The Hornets have an option in the 2019-20 season, according to sources.
”Personally, it is just what I was hoping would happen,” he said before his side’s game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. ”I like it here. I am very appreciative to Michael (Jordan), Curtis (Polk) and Rich (Cho) to see it through. I am very happy. It is what I wanted and what I was hoping for. I feel like we have made good strides in a lot of ways since I’ve been here and I want to be here when we get back to the days when we are a playoff team which I think we can be this year.”
The Hornets are 8-6 this season after six consecutive home wins. The team under Clifford made the playoffs in the first season but were knocked out by Miami in the first round and recorded 43-39. But in the second season under him, the injury-riddled Hornets bowed out of the regular season following a 33-49 win record.
Clifford has 30 years of coaching experience. According to Charlotte’s general manager Rich Cho, Clifford is a very organized and hard-working person.