first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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, 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.“It’s my job to put him in position to succeed,” Borrego said. “For me that means giving him space and a floor that is open to create, so he should be excited about that. I’m in his corner. I back him. I’m with him.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Rested Golden Knights ready to face Jets in Western final View comments LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak said Friday “there is no master plan to blow up this team right now” when asked about the chances of dramatically overhauling the roster after back-to-back 36-win seasons. He said Borrego was hired with the understanding that “he was going to coach the guys that are on this team right now.”Borrego, 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.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“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.” James Borrego speaks to the media, as Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Mitch Kupchak listens, after Borrego was introduced as the new head coach of the Charlotte Hornets during an NBA basketball news conference in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, May 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — New Hornets coach James Borrego plans make Charlotte relevant again in the NBA’s Eastern Conference by developing the existing players on the roster.He may not have any other choice.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina He likes Batum too, calling him an unselfish player that is hard to find. He also praised Howard for a terrific first season in Charlotte.The 40-year-old Borrego, who is from Albuquerque, New Mexico, knows what it’s like to win.He spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA, including 10 with the Spurs working under Gregg Popovich where he won two NBA championship rings and went to four Western Conference finals.He has been a part of staffs that have led teams to the playoffs 11 different times during that span with stints in San Antonio, New Orleans and Orlando.Borrego said he plans to play an up-tempo style on offense, while placing an added emphasis on defending the 3-point line on defense.“There are pieces in place here to play that style,” Borrego said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img