Mike D’Antoni in strong position to get Hornets head coach, according to report

Mike D’Antoni in strong position to get Hornets head coach, according to report

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Mike D’Antoni is in a strong position to get the position of head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, according to Marc Stein. D’Antoni, the 71-year-old innovator behind the Seven Seconds or Less attack, has coached five NBA teams in his career: the Denver Nuggets, the Phoenix Suns, the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets. Hornets would be No. 6. D’Antoni led both the Suns and the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals, but never made it to the NBA Finals.

D’Antoni would replace James Borrego with whom he shares many similarities. Borrego, like D’Antoni, prefers smaller teams and focuses on the offensive. Borrego’s defensive problems were part of what the Hornets’ job cost him, but D’Antoni comes up with a number of other positives that seem to appeal to Charlotte.

It looks like Hornets are looking for a veteran coach who can get in touch with star guard LaMelo Ball. D’Antoni definitely fits. He turned Steve Nash and James Harden into MVPs, and the Hornets certainly hope he can do the same with Ball. Basketball Operations Hornets President Mitch Kupchak worked for the Lakers headquarters, which hired D’Antoni, although Jim Buss was also heavily involved.

Many of Charlotte’s defensive problems came down to her list. Hornets never found a strong, defensive center to protect the edge, and as such, Borrego had to take full advantage of the smaller lists he was given. If the Hornets, who have two first-round picks in the June draft, can bring D’Antoni the center he needs, he may be able to build an acceptable defense to be associated with a potentially lethal offense.

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