Borrego Walter Payton Jersey , who was hired Thursday night as the first Hispanic-American head coach in the NBA history, appeared to be up to the challenge when he was introduced at a news conference on Friday.
”My mentality is this is our group and we are moving forward with it,” said Borrego, who becomes the 11th head coach in franchise history . ”I’m excited about that current group as it stands right now. I think our biggest room for growth is the internal development piece.”
That’s a good thing since Kupchak said the Hornets don’t have a lot of salary cap flexibility at this time, something which could what the team can do this offseason in terms of free agency and trades. The GM noted that ”right now the likelihood is we are going to go forward with this team.”
Borrego said it is up to him to develop younger players Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon, who saw limited playing last season as rookies under former coach Steve Clifford. He also pointed toward getting more out of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a former No. 2 overall pick who is still just 24, and Frank Kaminsky, also a first-round draft pick.
”There is a group of young guys that after this summer should take a major leap,” Borrego said. ”If they take a major leap our roster changes significantly.”
While he was quick to acknowledge turning the Hornets into a winner will be a challenge and that he doesn’t bring ”a pocket full of fairy dust” with him from San Antonio Barry Church Jersey , Borrego does feel the Hornets have quality pieces in place, including two-time All-Star Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum and Dwight Howard.
Borrego said he is a ”big fan” of Walker and his goal is to open up the floor for him on offense to make more plays