Mike D’Antoni is in a strong position for the Hornets’ head coaching position.


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Mike D’Antoni is in a strong position to take over the managerial role of Charlotte Hornets. According to Mark Stein. D’Antoni, the 71-year-old innovator who led the Seven Seconds or Less attack, has coached five NBA teams in his career: Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. Hornets will be in sixth place. D’Antoni led both the Suns and Rockets to the Western Conference Finals, but never made it to the NBA Finals.

D’Antoni will replace James Borrego’s coach who shares many similarities. Borrego, like D’Antoni, prefers a smaller lineup and emphasizes aggression. Borrego’s defensive problems have been a sacrifice for the Hornets, but D’Antoni has many other strengths that seem to appeal to Charlotte.

The Hornets are said to be looking for a veteran coach to connect with star guard Ramello Ball. D’Antoni definitely fits the bill. He made Steve Nash and James Harden MVPs, and the Hornets clearly hope he can play with the ball. Hornets’ basketball operations president, Mitch Kupchak, worked in the Lakers front office that hired D’Antoni, but Jim Buss was also heavily involved in the hiring.

Many of Charlotte’s defensive problems have been summed up in the roster. Hornets couldn’t find a strong, defensive center to protect the rim, so Borrego had to make the most of their small roster. If Hornets, who has two first-round picks in the June draft, can secure the center D’Antoni needs, he can form a decent defense paired with a potentially lethal attack.



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