Mike D’Antoni is in a strong position to land the Charlotte Hornets head coaching job, according to Marc Stein. D’Antoni, the 71-year-old innovator behind the Seven Seconds or Less offense, has coached five NBA teams in his career: the Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. The Hornets would be No. 6. D’Antoni led both the Suns and Rockets to the Western Conference finals, but has never reached the NBA Finals. 

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D’Antoni would be replacing a coach in James Borrego with whom he shares many similarities. Borrego, like D’Antoni, prefers smaller lineups and emphasizes offense. Borrego’s defensive issues were part of what cost him his job with the Hornets, but D’Antoni comes with a number of other positives that seemingly appeal to Charlotte.


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