Apr 10, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego tries to calm down his team from the sideline during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

The Charlotte Hornets had a brief stay in the 2022 NBA play-in tournament, losing decisively to the Atlanta Hawks 132-103.

This loss continued a troubling trend for the Hornets. The team has reached the NBA play-in tournament each of the past two seasons but has lost both matchups and fallen short of making their way into the playoffs.

The team has not made the NBA playoffs since the 2015-16 season, and it appears that the Hornets organization realizes that something needs to change.

NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday that the Hornets have parted ways with head coach James Borrego.

Despite the team’s improvement in each of the last three seasons under Borrego, it seems like they realize that they may not be able to get over the hump and into the playoffs with Borrego as head coach moving forward.

It is certainly surprising news considering the team agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Borrego just this past offseason.

This along with the improving record each year under Borrego has many around the NBA world thinking the organization may have made a mistake in letting him go.

Borrego’s overall record could tell the tale as to why the Hornets decided to make this move. In four seasons as head coach, he had a disappointing 138-163 record.

The team will now seemingly look for a candidate that they believe can best utilize star point guard LaMelo Ball going forward, as he pretty clearly took a step this season in proving that he will be their franchise centerpiece for years to come.

[Adrian Wojnarowski]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.