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Report: Hornets to hire Steve Hetzel as an assistant coach

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The Hornets appear to have found their replacement for Bob Beyer, who is expected to leave Charlotte in order to join Stan Van Gundy’s staff in Detroit.

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Charlotte plans to hire Steve Hetzel, who was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers D-league affiliate, the Canton Charge last season.

Hetzel began his NBA career in San Antonio where he was the assistant video coordinator for the Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich. From there, Hetzel made his way to Cleveland and became the head video coordinator for head coach at the time, Mike Brown.

Hetzel, at 33 years of age, never played basketball past high school, but he’s had some great experience under some very impressive head coaches in the league. Most notably, Gregg Popovich. After just one season with a head coaching gig on the professional level, Hetzel is on his way to an NBA bench with the up-and-coming Charlotte Hornets franchise.

This is pure speculation, but the Pistons and Stan Van Gundy very likely helped facilitate getting Hetzel to Charlotte in compensation for snagging Bob Beyer from Steve Clifford’s staff. From 2009-2013, Hetzel was the head player development coach in Detroit.

From everything that I can gather it sounds like Hetzel is a very well respected player development coach in this league. He mined his way to this point by being a addict in the film room and learning the NBA game much in the same way that Erik Spoelstra did in Miami. At only 33, Hetzel is obviously a guy who’s quickly moving up the coaching ladder and this is very likely an awesome hire for the Hornets – young, energetic guy who can provide a shot-in-the-arm for the player development of a young roster.