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Steve Clifford, Rod Huggins, Rich Cho




The Charlotte Bobcats have an uphill battle ahead of them next year.  The team that Michael Jordan built is trying to get things going in the right direction by hiring new head coach Steve Clifford to lead the team.  


Earlier today the team introduced Clifford as their new head coach.  He is the sixth person to coach the struggling team since the 2006-2007 season. 

Clifford said after meeting with Higgins and general manager Rich Cho last week he feels confident they share the same vision for the Bobcats.

Clifford inherits a team that includes Gerald Hendreson, Kemba Walker, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.  

After sitting on the bench as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers last year, Clifford hopes to improve the team’s defense and overall win/loss record.  

Clifford said there will be an emphasis on improving the team’s defense, pointing out that the top six teams in overall defense this season all reached the quarterfinals of the NBA playoffs.

Prior to working with the Lakers he spent five seasons as an assistant in Orlando.  He has also handled assistant duties in Houston and New York.  This will be his first NBA head coaching gig.