The Charlotte Hornets have announced that they have fired head coach James Borrego after 4 seasons.
During his four-year tenure with the Hornets, Borrego accumulated a 138-163 record, including 43-39 this season which was his best showing with the franchise. The Hornets qualified for the league’s play-in tournament in each of the last two seasons.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the decision to relieve Borrego of his duties stems from the fact that the Hornets suffered lopsided losses in both play-in games to end the 2021-22 campaign. However, the Hornets did see successful development of young assets like LaMelo Ball, Miles Bridges, and Devonte Graham before Graham signed with the New Orleans Pelicans last summer.
“I want to thank JB for his hard work and commitment during these past four seasons,” Hornets team president and GM Mitch Kupchak said. “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 Charlotte Hornets finished with its highest offensive rating in franchise history – placing them eighth in the NBA.
Hornets defense ranked 22nd out of 30 teams.