Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego

Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego

The Woj Pod - July 17, 2018

Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego joins The Woj Pod to discuss leaving the Spurs for his first head coaching job, signing Tony Parker, building a relationship with Kemba Walker, the process of becoming a head coach in the NBA, what he learned under Gregg Popovich, growing up with a single mom in New Mexico, and much more. 0:44: The prestige that comes with being 1 of the 30 head coaches in the NBA. 2:42: Tony Parker’s role in bringing the Spurs culture to the Hornets. 4:02: Kemba Walker’s eagerness to learn from Parker. 5:40: Borrego’s first steps upon joining the Hornets. 8:42: Going through the interview process for head-coaching jobs with fellow Spurs assistants. 10:46: The transition from the video room to being an assistant coach for Gregg Popovich and the Spurs. 13:32: What he learned by leaving San Antonio and coaching in other organizations. 17:44: How NBA coaches gain respect from their players. 19:18: Growing up in a single-parent home in New Mexico. 22:21: The University of San Diego developing a string of NBA head coaches. 23:41: The level of discipline in the Spurs organization that he noticed from Day 1, and how Popovich empowers his coaching staff. 27:22: The passion and energy from the city of Charlotte for the Hornets. 29:30: Inheriting a team that was competitive last season under Steve Clifford. 30:59: Walker setting an example for younger players and being a true franchise player for the Hornets.

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