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Hornets to interview Lindsey Harding, Jay Larranaga for vacant head-coaching place, per report

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The Charlotte Hornets have acquired permission to interview Lindsey Harding, the 2024 G League Coach of the 12 months, for his or her vacant head-coaching place, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported. Harding, 39, led the Stockton Kings to the most effective report within the G League this season after three years as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings. 

As a participant, Harding starred at Duke in faculty and was chosen No. 1 total within the 2007 WNBA Draft. When her enjoying profession resulted in 2017, her teaching profession had already begun — she was an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors‘ summer time league staff in 2015. The Philadelphia 76ers employed her as a scout in 2018, and, months after they promoted her to participant improvement coach, the Kings employed her away. In Sacramento, she labored underneath Luke Walton, Alvin Gentry and Mike Brown.

Harding is the coach of Mexico’s nationwide girls’s staff, and he or she beforehand held the identical place for South Sudan. She additionally performed in Lithuania, Turkey and Russia and represented Belarus in worldwide competitions late in her enjoying profession.

The Hornets, whose present coach, Steve Clifford, will transition to a front-office function on the finish of the season, will even interview Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Jay Larranaga, based on ESPN. Larranaga, 49, has spent the final three seasons on Tyronn Lue’s employees, after spending 9 years with the Boston Celtics, teaching underneath each Doc Rivers and Brad Stevens.

After a 12-year worldwide enjoying profession, Larranaga was an assistant coach at Cornell after which spent two seasons as the top coach of the Erie Bayhawks (now the Osceola Magic) of the D-League (now the G League).

This is not going to be Larranaga’s first interview with Charlotte. In 2018, he was a finalist throughout the teaching search that led to the rent of James Borrego. That very same offseason, the Milwaukee Bucks interviewed Larranaga for the job that finally went to Mike Budenholzer, the Atlanta Hawks interviewed him for the job that finally went to Lloyd Pierce and the New York Knicks interviewed him for the job that finally went to David Fizdale. Larranaga additionally interviewed for the Philadelphia 76ers job that went to Brett Brown in 2013, and he interviewed with the Celtics each in 2013, earlier than they employed Brad Stevens, and in 2021, earlier than they employed Ime Udoka.

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Different candidates to switch Clifford embody Denver Nuggets assistant coach David Adelman, Kings assistant coach Jordi Fernandez, Celtics assistant coach Charles Lee and Phoenix Suns assistant coach Kevin Younger, all of whom the Hornets have acquired permission to interview, based on ESPN. Miami Warmth assistant coach Chris Quinn and Utah Jazz assistant coach Lamar Skeeter are additionally anticipated to be thought of for the place, based on Yahoo Sports activities’ Jake Fischer.

Jeff Peterson, Charlotte’s new government vice chairman, instructed reporters final week that he is searching for “a number of issues” from a potential coach, together with “a full of life vitality to come back in with a stage of pleasure to show these guys.” Peterson mentioned that participant improvement will likely be a precedence as a result of the staff is in a “youthful section.” 

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