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Steve Clifford is back with Orlando Magic — now as head coach

Recently fired by the Charlotte Hornets, Steve Clifford had previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy from 2007 to 2012.


Kahron Spearman


Steve Clifford is now the head coach of the Orlando Magic, agreeing to a four-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.

 

Clifford met with ownership from the DeVos family on Michigan on Tuesday. Clifford will be introduced as head coach on Wednesday.

 

Recently fired by the Charlotte Hornets, he had previously spent five seasons as an assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy from 2007 to 2012.

(From back in February) Your culture are your people, and then your job [as the coach] is to maximize that: to try to impact each guy in a way that you can get them to adapt or change in that way.

Clifford arrives to take over a better and younger roster than he inherited in Charlotte five years ago, with a core that includes Jonathan Isaac, Aaron Gordon, and the top-10 pick the Magic will receive in the upcoming NBA Draft.

 

Clifford was 196-214 in his five seasons with the Hornets, including consecutive 36-46 seasons to finish his tenure with Charlotte.

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