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March 25, 2015

Source: Charlotte Hornets' Mark Price agrees to become Charlotte 49ers coach

Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Mark Price agreed to terms overnight Tuesday to become head coach of the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball program, an informed source told the Observer.

            Price, 51, will replace Alan Major, who left the position about two weeks ago. Price has been an assistant with the Hornets the past two seasons. His most high-profile accomplishment in that span was improving the highly flawed jump shot of small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

            Price’s college experience is limited to a brief stint as an assistant coach with Georgia Tech. He has been an NBA assistant with the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks and Golden State Warriors.

    Price was one of the NBA's top point guards in his era, with multiple All-Star appearances as a Cleveland Cavalier. The Cavs interviewed Price for their head-coaching opening last summer.

            ESPN.com reported Tuesday that the 49ers had offered Price a five-year contract. An informed source told the Observer early Wednesday that the two sides have agreed to terms.

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Would hate to see how bad the season would be if price hadn't rebuilt mkg's shot. Could be a big mistake letting him get away. Maybe should have promised him Clifford's job next year.

Posted by: ROCK | Mar 25, 2015 9:33:41 AM

Price is a smart guy . But his shooters in Atlanta not only didn't get better but they got worse . Just bc you can shoot doesn't mean you can impart the knowledge of how to shoot . I would have expected Mkg to progress faster . I would have torn down his shot completely and not in parts bc he still has mechanical issues . His jumoer is still not reliable .

Mkg holds his release and shoots on the way down . This allows a number of errors to creep in . The best shooters have the quickest release, fullest wrist cock and hardest wrist snap .bc it imparts The best arc and back spin . ....Back spin makes off shots get in The basket . Imagine how many shots go in of Stefs and not Mkgs just bc of The weak wrist snap and poor wrist cock . And delayed release . Smh . I just don't think Mp did enough . I'm glad he's gone so he doesn't have to be maligned w this bunch who look silly allowing Al n Kemba to play the way they do . It's embarrasing .

Posted by: ironman | Mar 25, 2015 9:57:19 AM

Statistically.....mkg is above average mid range shooter. In 1 year he went from cant to above average.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 25, 2015 10:05:49 AM

Best of luck to a class act. Think he would have preferred an NBA gig, but hey, less travel and living for sure in the Carolinas 'aint so bad, is it. Suspect that Stephen Silas will be next to go the college head coach route.

Posted by: eduardo | Mar 25, 2015 10:06:09 AM

I seem to have missed all the game winning jumpers MKG hit? In fact, don't remember him hitting any game winning shot, ever. Really don't remember him even taking any shot, ever, that was in crunch time. Above average shooters don't avoid taking a 3 like the plague. Not a single one? His FG% is down y/y and his FT% is 500bps lower than his rookie year. The shot may look a little nicer but it's no better. Stop deluding yourselves morons.

Posted by: Falkrum | Mar 25, 2015 10:32:12 AM

What do game winners have to do with it? How many opportunities has he had?

His fg% went down as the % of uumpers went up, but his % on said jumpers is above average. No he hasnt added 3 pt range yet, but it will come. How many 3s did larry johnson make at age 21?

His points per possession and points per shot are higher than kemba's. Much higher last i checked.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 25, 2015 10:43:01 AM

What are jumpers as a % of the overall now vs. before? He did shoot some 3's last year and the year before (not well, but he took them).

FT's are uncontested, if he was really a better shooter his FT% would be higher than what he shot his rookie year yet that is not the case.

Posted by: Falkrum | Mar 25, 2015 11:08:50 AM

All @F00TBALLU wish coach Price nothing but the best. Just a class act who deserves nothing but the highest respect. I expect him to coach at the highest level with excellent results.

Posted by: F00TBALLU | Mar 25, 2015 11:09:59 AM

Cho ranked 25th best GM in the league, sounds about right. And you morons thought he was the savior...not even remotely competitive. Awesome.


Posted by: Falkrum | Mar 25, 2015 1:06:45 PM

He shot 9 a year genius. Thats about 1 every 9 games.

His % from 10-16 feet went from 15% last year To 50% this year.

From 16-3pt he went from 30% to 37%.

70% from the line is far from indicative of lack of improvement.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 25, 2015 1:38:45 PM

26% of his shots were jumpers, now 37%.

Let the kid grow up and add range over the summers. Cant teach his basketball insticts and athleticism. CAN teach a jumper.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 25, 2015 1:41:14 PM

He only took 7 shots from 10-16 feet last year, 21 this year...way too small a sample so that stat is not relevant.

15-19 feet he's taken 131 shots hitting 38% -- exactly the same as last year.

"70% from the line is far from indicative of lack of improvement."

You're right, it's perfectly indicative of being a worse shooter from the line than he was as a rookie, 500bps worse.

FT's are unguarded shots from exactly the same distance every time. If he was truly a better shooter now vs. rookie year he'd be hitting a higher % of FT's -- this is not the case.

In the end they'll probably wish they'd have just left his shot alone. Kind of like golf, it's not how but how many.

Posted by: Falkrum | Mar 25, 2015 2:20:36 PM

"Cant teach his basketball insticts..."

If that's true Biz is screwed.

Posted by: Falkrum | Mar 25, 2015 2:22:06 PM

I was jumping for joy when I read this, and then my friend said that's not HC for the Hornets!!! I thought the Hornets had fired Clifford,

Posted by: Wanda | Mar 25, 2015 3:16:13 PM

Where on earth are you getting those numbers? They arent at all accurate. You arent even close. I gave you the accurate ones already.....so......dispute the facts? again?

He shot nowhere near 38% on jumpers last year.

Hahahahaha at wanda. Espns ticker reported he was head coach of charlotte without specifying. Had someone else call me excited about it too.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 25, 2015 5:07:59 PM


From 15-19ft (where the predominance of his non-layups/dunks are shot) he shot 38% last year and this year.

Your numbers are wrong.

And then there's the real litmus test, FT's...

He'd probably be 82% from the line now if they'd just left him alone and let him get 2 years of practice under his belt!

Posted by: Falkrum | Mar 25, 2015 5:25:38 PM

When MKG prepares to shoot, he turns the ball over in his hands like he is going to throw a shot put. When raises his hands and jumps to shoot, his left hand is on top of the ball. He has to take his left hand off the top of the ball and shoot on the way down. Ironman is right, there is a lot of errors that can creep into MKG's shot. His shot is better than last year, but he could only go up because it was horrible. There were times last year when he completely missed the rim on his jump shot. He wasn't too short or too long with the shot, he just missed the rim. Teams are giving him open shots this season because he was so bad last season.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 25, 2015 6:11:28 PM

you really might want to look at the numbers again. you're using different measurements than i was (15-19 instead of 10-16, etc)

you're comparing 53 shots from 1 zone vs 134 shots from that same zone (with games remaining).

and ignoring the other zones. my numbers hold. there's significant improvement there.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 26, 2015 8:34:13 AM

look at all shots 10 feet to 3 pt line from 2013-14 to this year.

the volume is way up, the % is way up. simple as that. you aren't isolating variables to any significance by pointing out the smaller samples lined up and ignoring all the other samples.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 26, 2015 8:38:05 AM

You can argue about stats and improvement all day . He's not going to improve measurably until all his flawed mechanics are dealt w . I would make him shoot and do drills w The R hand . Tons of them . He has no range either . Shooting over the back board helps etc . If he n Gerald stood at half ct w Stef , harden and Pj ,only pj , Stef n Harden could reach the rim wo moving . Mp didn't get the shooters better here or in Atlanta .

Start getting guys w top exoerience : Gm , like the Hawks guy who came from The Cavs . Coach , like Karl . Shooting coaches : guys who do it everyday and zero else . No more newbies .

Posted by: ironman | Mar 26, 2015 9:58:10 AM

charlottean he hasn't taken enough shots outside the paint to confirm or deny he's a more effective shooter.

What we do know is from the FT line, the purest judge of shooting ability, he's worse than he was as a rookie -- 500bps worse.

This is an undeniable fact.

Posted by: Falkrum | Mar 27, 2015 4:04:58 PM

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