Former Los Angeles Lakers Assistant Coach Steve Clifford Is New Charlotte Bobcats Coach

Charlotte Bobcats hire Steve Clifford as new head coach

5/28/13 in NBA   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

April 26, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers  point guard Steve Nash (10), point guard Steve Blake (5), assistant coach Chuck Person, head coach Mike D'Antoni, assistant coach Steve Clifford and athletic trainer Gary Vitti watch game action against the San Antonio Spurs during the second half in game three of the first round of the 2013 NBA playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY SportsAnother season, another new coach for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Steve Clifford, the former assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, has agreed to a three-year contract according to a Yahoo! Sports, though the announcement hasn't been made yet.

This is his first head coaching job, and the Bobcats jumped at the chance to get him, hiring him on Monday while everyone was out barbequing.

Clifford also had an interview with the Milwaukee Bucks, but opted for Charlotte.

Reportedly, the Bobcats liked Clifford's assistant experience and ability to handle players. Head of Basketball Operations, Rod Higgins said:

''We want to hire a great leader, (and) the player development aspect is still vitally important to us because of our youth. Obviously you want a fantastic X-and-O coach. Someone who can make our players better, and help us win games.''

They passed on coaches like Alvin Gentry because they were looking for a defensive-minded coach.

We'll wait to hear the official announcement, but Clifford sounds like a good fit for the team. It's nice when an organization gives someone their first chance at being a head coach.

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