After 4 seasons, Charlotte Hornets hearth James Borrego as coach

After blowout losses in consecutive seasons of the play-in event, the Charlotte Hornets fired coach James Borrego.

Mitch Kupchak, normal supervisor and president of basketball operations for the Hornets, made the announcement Friday.

Kupchak acknowledged in a workforce launch that he wished to thank JB “for his laborious work” through the previous 4 seasons. He’s an distinctive particular person, and his teaching expertise are invaluable. I want him and his household all the most effective for the long run. These are tough choices.”

Kupchak acknowledged that the workforce will instantly start looking for a brand new head coach.

Borrego, 44, was 138-163 in 4 seasons taking part in for the Hornets. He had been granted a multi-year contract extension in August. Charlotte completed the season with a document of 43-39, however was embarrassed on this yr’s play-in.

Because the 2015-16 season, the Hornets have did not make the playoffs and haven’t received any playoff sequence since 2001-02.

Borrego’s two seasons in Charlotte have seen Charlotte enhance its win whole by 10. The coach expressed optimism about Charlotte’s future after interviewing the exit candidates.

Though Charlotte’s 43 wins may have earned them an eighth seed or higher, the East was so sturdy that the Hornets positioned tenth. Within the play-in match, the Hornets misplaced at Atlanta 132 to 103. This was one yr after Indiana defeated them by 27 factors.

The job is open to anybody who needs it. It may embody All-Star LaMelo ball and Miles Bridges in addition to Terry Rozier or Gordon Hayward.

Kuphcak acknowledged, “We’ve a younger, gifted core of gamers which makes me excited in regards to the future for the Hornets.”

Charlotte had the best offensive score in franchise historical past, and was eighth within the NBA. Nonetheless, protection continues to fall behind. Charlotte was twenty second amongst all 30 league groups in protection. The Hornets have been unable to defend Trae Younger or the Hawks in play-in.

Many Hornets gamers acknowledged that if the workforce didn’t make the playoffs, it could be thought of disappointing.