According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Clifford is officially out as head coach of the Magic. Per the report, the franchise are ready for a “full rebuilding process” and have “agreed to together to a parting.”
Clifford’s dismissal ends a three-year run that included two playoff appearances. He went 96-131 at the helm, but just 2-8 in the postseason.
This past season was by far Clifford’s worst in eight years as a head coach. The Magic went just 21-51 – the third-worst record in the league.
As the Orlando Magic move into a full rebuilding process, coach Steve Clifford and the franchise have agreed together to a parting, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 5, 2021
The Orlando Magic hired Steve Clifford in 2018 after an up-and-down five-year tenure with the Charlotte Hornets/Bobcats. Clifford led Charlotte to two playoff appearances in five years.
Prior to his stint in Charlotte, Clifford spent over a decade as an assistant for the Knicks, Rockets, Lakers and Magic. Before that, he was a highly-touted college assistant, and served as head coach of the D-II Adelphi Panthers from 1995 to 1999. In four seasons at Adelphi, he went 86-36, reaching the NCAA Tournament each year and the Sweet 16 in his final season.
It’s unlikely that Steve Clifford gets another NBA head coaching job this year. But at 59 years of age, he’s still more than viable as an assistant.
The NBA probably hasn’t seen the last of the now-former Orlando Magic head coach.
Who do you see the Magic picking to replace Steve Clifford?