Charlotte Hornets Firing Head Coach James Borrego

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets announced Friday that they are firing head coach James Borrego.

Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak say the head coach was relieved of his coaching duties.

“I want to thank JB for his hard work and commitment during these past four seasons,” said Kupchak. “Beyond his work as a coach, he is a tremendous person. I wish him and his family the best in the future. These decisions are always difficult. Having said that, we have a talented, young core of players which has me very excited about the future of the Hornets. We will begin the search for our new head coach immediately.”

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news first on Twitter. The NBA insider says that the coach is being dismissed after helping to improve the Charlotte team with 10 victories in each of the past three seasons.

Borrego was named the 11th head coach in Hornets franchise history on May 10, 2018. The 44-year-old head coach was 138-163 in his four seasons as a Hornets coach, according to a news release.

The Hornets reached a multi-year extension with Borrego in Aug. 2021.