The Charlotte Hornets have come within an eyelash of qualifying for the NBA playoffs twice in a row. In a league that expects results today, that isn’t good enough. After a 132-103 blowout loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the play-in tournament sent the team home, they announced today that they have fired their head coach.

James Borrego was let go despite improvements of ten wins over each of the past three seasons. The Hornets’ failure to reach the playoffs has frustrated their fan base. Now, major changes are in store.

In a statement, GM Mitch Kupchak thanked Borrego for his service and wished him the best. The difficult decision was a necessary one for the future of the team, he said. The search for a new head coach will start immediately.

“I want to thank JB for his hard work and commitment during these past four seasons. Beyond his work as a coach, he is a tremendous person. I wish him and his family the best in the future. These decisions are always difficult. Having said that, we have a talented, young core of players which has me very excited about the future of the Hornets. We will begin the search for our new head coach immediately.” 

Borrego was named Charlotte’s head coach in 2018. In four seasons, he posted a 138-163 record. The team was looking for much better results than that.

With the Los Angeles Lakers also looking for a new head man, there should be plenty of competition for the Hornets to contend with. The team is hoping their next coach can put the talented group over the top. It will be back to the drawing board for James Borrego.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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