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NBA’s Hornets confirm Borrego as new head coach


By Agence France-Presse

The Charlotte Hornets named James Borrego as their new head coach on Thursday, taking over from Steve Clifford who was sacked three days after the end of their losing NBA season.

Borrego, 40, joins the Hornets after spending the last three seasons as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs under head coach Gregg Popovich.

Borrego began his NBA career in San Antonio as an assistant video coordinator during the 2003-04 season.

In seven seasons in San Antonio he rose to the role of assistant coach before departing for New Orleans, moving from there to Orlando.

He served as the Magic’s interim head coach for the last 30 games of the 2014-15 season after coach Jacque Vaughn was dismissed and returned to the Spurs as an assistant coach in 2015.

“We are thrilled to have James join our franchise,” said Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak. “He brings a wealth of experience and a strong track record of player development from his time as a coach in San Antonio, New Orleans and Orlando.

“He has been a part of teams that have ascended to the highest levels of success in our league and understands what it takes to win in the NBA.”

The Charlotte Observer reported that Borrego’s deal was finalized after he interviewed over the weekend with team owner Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles in his playing days. (AFP)