Concerns Over Player Discipline Played Role In Hornets’ Dismissal Of James Borrego

The Hornets parted ways with coach James Borrego last week and concerns about player discipline, both on and off the floor, were among the factors in the decision, per Marc Stein of The Stein Line.James Borrego

While Stein didn’t get into specifics, this would seem to indicate that Hornets owner Michael Jordan and GM Mitch Kupchak were not pleased with Borrego’s control of the team.

Borrego, 44, led the Hornets to a 43-39 record, a 10-game improvement from the previous season, and 20-game improvement from 2019-20. But the Hornets lost badly to the Hawks in the play-in tournament and failed to make the playoffs.

“I want to thank JB for his hard work and commitment during these past four seasons,” Kupchak said in a team statement. “Beyond his work as a coach, he is a tremendous person. I wish him and his family the best in the future.

“These decisions are always difficult. Having said that, we have a talented, young core of players which has me very excited about the future of the Hornets. We will begin the search for our new head coach immediately.” 

The move comes after Borrego received a contract extension last August. At the time, he had just this season remaining on his deal.

So far, the Hornets have not been linked to any coaching candidates, but that news is sure to come shortly. Stay tuned to Hoops Wire for when it does.

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