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Need a one-stop shop to catch up on the top sports stories big and small? Time Out For Sports airs Mondays on WFAE's "All Things Considered" and has what you need to know about everything from Charlotte-area high school football highlights to the latest updates on the Carolina Panthers.

The Hornets bring back a familiar face and draft LaMelo-approved 'TUFFFFFFFFF' big man

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Thankfully, for Charlotte Hornets fans, the search for a new head coach is over. As chronicled, two weeks ago, it looked like the Charlotte Hornets had found their next head coach in Golden State Warriors' assistant Kenny Atkinson, but one week and an NBA championship later, Atkinson has had a change of heart and informed the team over the weekend that he was not going to take the position. For fans of recycled coaches, the hiring and return of Steve Clifford is a welcome sight.

On Monday's Time out for Sports, The Charlotte Observer’s Langston Wertz, Jr. told WFAE’s Gwendolyn Glenn that he envisions Clifford in a Phil Jackson-esque role with the Hornets, ironic, considering who the owner is.

"Clifford has a good track record," Wertz said. "He took Orlando to two playoff runs, rather, and he worked in Brooklyn with superstars Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant this past season as a consultant. He could be kind of like a Phil Jackson kind of role for Charlotte, you know, an older guy wise without all the Zen, I think it could be a good fit."

Wertz added that he expects a much more successful run for Clifford considering the talent that Mitch Kupchak and company have surrounded superstar LaMelo Ball with.

"He's a guy who's familiar with a lot of Charlotte teams," he explained. "He coached here for five years and he was 196 and 214 when he was here. But his teams didn't make the playoffs twice in five years. Before he got here, Charlotte was one for ten and playoffs and James Borrego's teams never made the playoffs. Remember, they were in the play-in, not the playoffs. And the rosters that Clifford's going to have now are far, far more talented than the ones he had when he had here before."

In other Hornets news, the team drafted Duke big man Mark Williams and as Wertz explains, Williams already received a big-time endorsement from a teammate.

"Williams could be the defensive center the team needs so badly," he said. "He's a familiar being from Duke. He's seven-foot-tall, 245 lbs. and when he sticks his hands up, he's almost grabbing the rim, And right after he was selected, LaMelo Ball tweeted, 'TUFFFFFFFFF,' so he liked the pick as well."

You can listen to the full Time Out for Sports conversation above. Here’s a quick look at what else Glenn and Wertz covered this week.

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Gwendolyn is an award-winning journalist who has covered a broad range of stories on the local and national levels. Her experience includes producing on-air reports for National Public Radio and she worked full-time as a producer for NPR’s All Things Considered news program for five years. She worked for several years as an on-air contract reporter for CNN in Atlanta and worked in print as a reporter for the Baltimore Sun Media Group, The Washington Post and covered Congress and various federal agencies for the Daily Environment Report and Real Estate Finance Today. Glenn has won awards for her reports from the Maryland-DC-Delaware Press Association, SNA and the first-place radio award from the National Association of Black Journalists.