November 30, 2023

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

Mitch Kupchak, regular 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” by the earlier 4 seasons. He is an distinctive explicit particular person, and his instructing experience are invaluable. I need him and his family all the best for the long term. These are robust decisions.”

Kupchak acknowledged that the workforce will immediately begin searching for a model new head coach.

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

As a result of the 2015-16 season, the Hornets have didn’t make the playoffs and have not obtained any playoff sequence since 2001-02.

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

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

The job is open to anyone who wants it. It could embody All-Star LaMelo ball and Miles Bridges along with Terry Rozier or Gordon Hayward.

Kuphcak acknowledged, “We have a youthful, gifted core of players which makes me excited regarding the future for the Hornets.”

Charlotte had the perfect offensive rating in franchise historic previous, and was eighth inside the NBA. Nonetheless, safety continues to fall behind. Charlotte was twenty second amongst all 30 league teams in safety. The Hornets have been unable to defend Trae Youthful or the Hawks in play-in.

Many Hornets players acknowledged that if the workforce did not make the playoffs, it could possibly be considered disappointing.