After another early elimination during the play-in, we expected strong decisions from the side of the Hornets. It didn’t take long, since the coach has just been fired, a choice that is not necessarily unanimous. But who is behind all this? Michael Jordan himself, visibly ready to make a change.
A promising franchise in the Eastern Conference, the Hornets already have a few players to bet on, with LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges and Kelly Oubre. Unfortunately, the rest of the roster is far from being at the level, and we could see it with a nasty spanking during the play-in: the second in two seasons.
First movement at the Hornets!
So inevitably, we start to get annoyed on the side of North Carolina, with a franchise that has stagnated for a few seasons. Maybe it’s time to change something, like with the coach for example. James Borrego has just been fired this Friday evening, paying the collective results.
Charlotte suffered blowout losses in both postseason games, which appears to have negated regular season win improvement and player development among Miles Bridges, LaMelo Ball and previously Devonte Graham.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 22, 2022
Charlotte fires coach James Borrego, sources tell ESPN. Charlotte suffered two blowouts in the two postseason games, which seems to have negatively impacted the development of players, such as Miles Bridges, LaMelo Ball and previously Devonte Graham.
A first big change for the Hornets, and probably not the last. Borrego pays the price for results here, but the players are also responsible for this slump. We can expect a modification of the casting when the market is open, but be careful to choose well. This pressure will be on the GM, who is however not responsible for the departure of the coach.
According to Shams Charania, it was Michael Jordan himself who validated this move:
“The ultimate decision maker in Charlotte that got James Borrego fired I’m told, Michael Jordan.”
— The Rally (@TheRally) April 22, 2022
Last year they lost to Indiana, this year to Atlanta. The priority was to hold the players accountable, especially defensively, when this roster was one of the best offensively under James Borrego. The ultimate decision maker in this departure? Michael Jordan. He met with the front office this week, and he decided he had to move on.
Michael Jordan is annoyed with the situation at the Hornets, and let his front office know. Maximum pressure for the GM, who will have to build a solid roster to finally reach the playoffs, and why not pass a round. But summer is far from over in Charlotte.