Hornets narrowing coaching search, Borrego and Larranaga are frontrunners

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — People familiar with the situation say the Hornets are narrowing their head coaching search after interviewing several candidates.

The people say the list of coaches who have interviewed include Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga, Raptors assistant Nick Nurse, Spurs assistants James Borrego, Ettore Messina, Ime Udoka and Blazers assistant David Vanterpol. Former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale also interviewed but has since been hired by the Knicks.

The people spoke to The Associated Press Friday on condition of anonymity because the Hornets haven’t discussed the coaching search.

The Hornets fired Steve Clifford in April after five seasons as head coach. He was let go by new GM Mitch Kupchak, who replaced Rich Cho in that big chair just after the season ended.