May 30, 2013
“The Bobcats finally got this one right with the hire,” Ethan Norof said. “Clifford will be a very nice fit for this team.”
Ethan Norof, assistant NBA editor for The Bleacher Report, joined The World's Strongest Morning Show on 620 AM the Buzz Thursday morning to discuss the Charlotte Bobcats’ hire of coach Steve Clifford. Clifford has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2001 and was the assistant coach of the Los Angeles Lakers this season.
Norof referenced the well wishes coming from veteran NBA coaches Tom Thibodeau and Stan Van Gundy. According to Norof, Thibodeau and Van Gundy are credible sources and believe Clifford should have been hired in Charlotte last season instead of Mike Dunlap. “Remember last season the Bobcats really flirted with hiring Clifford last year before hiring Mike Dunlap,” said Norof.
“I don’t think they missed out,” Norof said about the Bobcats choice to go with Clifford over a bigger name. He emphasized that the Bobcats needed to hire a coach who will stay long-term in order to develop young talent such as Bismack Biyombo, Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the 2013 fourth overall pick. “Player development is going to be a huge issue,” he said.