After nearly a month without a head coach, the Charlotte Hornets have hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach James Borrego as their new head coach. Borrego interviewed for since-filled vacancies with the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, and was considered a candidate for two other vacancies (Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks). Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak went through an extensive coaching search to replace Steve Clifford that included interviews with at least seven other candidates. Clifford was fired on April 13 after leading Charlotte to a 196-214 record and two playoff berths in five seasons as Hornets head coach. Borrego will become the seventh coach since Charlotte returned to the NBA in 2004.