January 4, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, assistant Steve Clifford, head coach Mike D

Report: Lakers Assistant Steve Clifford will become head coach of Charlotte Bobcats

After the Charlotte  Bobcats  unjustifiably fired former head coach Mike Dunlap, as he was not able to live up to the expectations of his Airness, the Bobcats  soon to be Charlotte Hornets were in dire need of a new head coach. While it looked like Los Angeles Lakers assistant, Steve Clifford, would most likely take a job with the Milwaukee Bucksit appears the former assistant coach would get his first head coaching gib in Charlotte.

According to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports, both parties agreed on a two-year deal with a team option for a third year. If he is there for all three years, then it’s a $6 million deal.

While he was finalist for the head coaching job for the Milwaukee Bucks, Clifford was also scheduled to have an interview with the Phoenix Suns.

Clifford has a strong resumé, holding many coaching gigs with teams around the league such as the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic. The Van Gundy Brothers also considered Clifford as a strong head coaching candidate. Clifford was also an assistant coach with current Chicago Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau during their tenure with the Houston Rockets and the Knicks.

Clifford is also expected to hire Patrick Ewing as his lead assistant coach, reports Wojnarowski 

Yahoo! Sports first reported Clifford was going to be hired.

Did the Bobcats make the right decision hiring Steve Clifford?

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