NBA Notes: AP sources say Bobcats hire Clifford as coach

NBA Notes: AP sources say Bobcats hire Clifford as coach
May 27, 2013, 8:30 pm
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Steve Clifford spent last season with the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach. (USA Today Images)

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Bobcats have hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford to become their new coach.

Two people familiar with the situation said Monday that Clifford had agreed to a three-year contact. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public.

Clifford replaces Mike Dunlap, who was fired after going 21-61 in his only season as coach.

Clifford has worked as an assistant in New York, Houston, Orlando and Los Angeles, but has never been a head coach at the NBA level. He has worked under both Jeff and Stan Van Gundy.

He becomes the sixth coach of the Bobcats since 2007 (see full story).

- The Associated Press

Report: Kings to let go of team president Geoff Petrie
The Sacramento Kings have missed the playoffs the last seven years, so it's no surprise that the organization's new ownership would consider a new team president this offseason.

According to Sam Amick of the USA Today (via ProBasketballTalk), the Kings have already started the process of finding Petrie's replacement.

"According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Vivek Ranadive has begun the process of finding a replacement for Kings President Geoff Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs President R.C. Buford, Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace." writes Amick. "Former Indiana Pacers general manager David Morway may also receive consideration, and Ranadive’s internal list is not thought to be limited to this group. The people spoke to USA Today Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search."

This past season, the Kings finished 28-54.

Pacers looking for ways to even series with Heat
INDIANAPOLIS -- Pacers coach Frank Vogel walked into Monday's practice with a simple message for players as they adapt to Miami's new wrinkle -- using LeBron James in the post.

He's not going to overhaul the team's philosophy for Game 4. They just need to execute better.

Less than 24 hours after blowing a chance to take control of the series at home against the defending NBA champs, the Pacers walked back into Bankers Life Fieldhouse trying to figure out what went wrong in Game 3. It didn't take Vogel long to come up with a few answers.

"We've got to do a better job on the ball, we've got to be more active on our helps and we've got to double (LeBron James) more," Vogel said before players watched the ugly reminders on tape. "We're not going to double him every time he touches the ball, but we'll look at some things and try to break his rhythm."

Anything would be helpful at this point with Indiana in desperate need of a win, now trailing 2-1 in the best-of-seven series (see full story).

- The Associated Press

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