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Charlotte Hornets idea to replace assistant seems like the guy who just left

Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Bob Weiss is leaving for the Denver Nuggets.
Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Bob Weiss is leaving for the Denver Nuggets. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Veteran assistant Bob Weiss has been hired by the Denver Nuggets, creating an opening on the Charlotte Hornets’ coaching staff.

Weiss, 75, was hired on coach Steve Clifford’s first staff in 2013, primarily as a resource with NBA head-coaching experience. Following a long playing career, Weiss coached the San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Los Angeles Clippers in the 1980s and ’90s.

Clifford said Saturday he would like to replace Weiss with an assistant of similar lengthy experience, possibly someone who has been an NBA head coach.

Weiss and his wife are moving to Denver in part because they have family there, including grandchildren. He will work for Nuggets coach Michael Malone.

This is the third change in the Hornets’ coaching staff in the past year. Associate head coach Patrick Ewing left last season to accept the head-coaching position at his alma mater, Georgetown. Stephen Silas was elevated to lead assistant following Ewing’s departure.

In June, the Hornets added Mike Batiste to the coaching staff. Batiste played professionally 14 seasons, mostly in Greece.

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