Former Charlotte Hornets head coach James Borrego is reportedly going to be named associate head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The associate head coach is essentially the lead assistant coach. According to Woj’s second Tweet of that thread, Borrego had offers from multiple teams to take on that role. He was also linked to the head coach openings of the Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks, but those never materialized.
Borrego had what I think you could call a relatively successful tenure in Charlotte based on realistic standards for the Hornets. He went 138-163 across four seasons and made the play-in tournament in back to back seasons. However, given the embarrassing fashion that the Hornets lost both of those games and some general consistency issues the team faced under him, the team opted to go in a different direction. Obviously that didn’t pan out so well since the team ended up with the same coach they had before the hired Borrego, but I digress.
It’s nice to see Borrego land on his feet and there’s some weird solace that he is coveted for assistant jobs around the league, at least for me. I’m used to the Hornets parting ways with players, coaches, or executives and them disappearing off the face of the Earth. Like the Hornets were the only team that thought they were employable. At any rate, Borrego is back in the league, and it’s on the team that he started his NBA assistant coach career with.