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Report: Nets hiring Steve Clifford as coaching consultant

Steve Clifford coaches in Orlando Magic v Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 16: Head coach Steve Clifford of the Orlando Magic directs his team during the second half against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on January 16, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

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Steve Clifford didn’t want to spend another year (losing) with the Magic.

He’ll join a team ready to win big.

Malika Andrews of ESPN:

The Brooklyn Nets are hiring former Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford as a coaching consultant, sources told ESPN.

In his consulting role, Clifford -- who was the most sought-after assistant in the marketplace -- will be with the team periodically throughout the 2021-2022 season.

Clifford replaces Mike D’Antoni (who left for the
Pelicans) as the former NBA head coach working under Steve Nash. However, D’Antoni was offensive-minded where Clifford is defensive-minded. Brooklyn still has Jacque Vaughn, last year’s defensive coordinator.

Still, Clifford – a good coach – should help. The Nets lost another defensive-minded coach in Ime Udoka, who became the Celtics head coach.

Hopefully, the reduced role will be conducive to Clifford avoiding more health issues.