Report: Nets hiring Steve Clifford as coaching consultant

Steve Clifford coaches in Orlando Magic v Brooklyn Nets
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Steve Clifford didn’t want to spend another year (losing) with the Magic.

He’ll join a team ready to win big.

Malika Andrews of ESPN:

The Brooklyn Nets are hiring former Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford as a coaching consultant, sources told ESPN.

In his consulting role, Clifford — who was the most sought-after assistant in the marketplace — will be with the team periodically throughout the 2021-2022 season.

Clifford replaces Mike D’Antoni (who left for the Pelicans) as the former NBA head coach working under Steve Nash. However, D’Antoni was offensive-minded where Clifford is defensive-minded. Brooklyn still has Jacque Vaughn, last year’s defensive coordinator.

Still, Clifford – a good coach – should help. The Nets lost another defensive-minded coach in Ime Udoka, who became the Celtics head coach.

Hopefully, the reduced role will be conducive to Clifford avoiding more health issues.