James Borrego signed a contract extension before the season then guided the Hornets to their best record in six years (43-39).
But Charlotte also got rocked in the 9-10 play-in game, looking particularly pathetic defensively, for the second straight year.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Charlotte is dismissing coach James Borrego, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 22, 2022
The Hornets were somewhat impatient to fire Borrego despite the team’s upward trajectory. However, he didn’t do enough to guarantee job security. Charlotte’s next coach will take over a team with a solid amount of young talent (Ball, Bridges, P.J. Washington) and could cultivate it better than Borrego would’ve.
Who will be the Hornets’ next coach? Their last three (Borrego, Steve Clifford, Mike Dunlap) were first-time NBA head coaches.
For that matter, who will hire Borrego’s replacement? Maybe not Mitch Kupchak.