The Charlotte Bobcats new head coach Steve Clifford talked with reporters and the news media today for the first time at Time Warner Cable Arena. Alongside President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins and General Manager Richard Cho, Clifford seemed pleasantly happy to be the next incoming head coach to a franchise that hasn’t seen its fair share of successful seasons in the NBA.
During his media interview, Clifford says he has been “fulfilled” in being an assistant coach in the NBA and working alongside NBA coaching legends like the Van Gundys.
“To be honest, I haven’t lost a lot of sleep on it,” says Clifford in response to why he has taken this length of time to become a head coach.
When putting his resume together and seeing the outlook of the Charlotte Bobcats team, Clifford did see a future with this team making improvements in the 2013-14 season.
“The younger core guys are above average competitors,” says Clifford. He was excited to be coaching Kemba Walker, MKG, Bismack Biyombo, and Gerald Henderson who are willing to play hard & competitively on the court each and every night.
Clifford has worked with 5 different head coaches in the last 13 years of being an assistant coach in the NBA, but this will be his first head coaching opportunity.
Coach Steve Clifford says that he has a “clear and definitive vision” and thoughts over the years about how he wants to coach and lead the Charlotte Bobcats.
While knocking down rumors of Patrick Ewing and others joining his coaching staff, he says that his coaching staff needs to be the experts in making their players the best they can be.
Watch the full press conference above including what he wants out of his new team and why he is excited to move to Charlotte, NC.