Report: Legendary shooter Mark Price leaving Hornets’ coaching position

Whether or not his work with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the rest of the Hornets is done, Mark Price is moving on to his next gig.

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As NBA fans who appreciate when a player’s shooting form resembles something other than a Mobius strip, we should all be grateful to former NBA star Mark Price for the work that he has done with the Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

MKG’s improvement isn’t readily apparent with a glance at his basic shooting splits. Price and Kidd-Gilchrist started working together before the 2013-14 season, and it was realistic to expect that real improvement would take time. Kidd-Gilchrist shot 47.3% from the floor that season compared to 45.8% the season before, but much of that was being more selective in the shots he took; he attempted 260 fewer field goals in 2013-14 than ’12-13.

This season, MKG’s FG% has dipped a bit, but he’s taking the most shots per 36 minutes of his career. And that slight regression in shooting percentage has mostly come at the rim. On midrange shots, Kidd-Gilchrist is a better, more fluid, more willing shooter, and that’s largely thanks to Price’s efforts as an assistant and shooting coach with the Hornets.

But the Hornets won’t have Price around any longer, according to a recent report.

Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Mark Price agreed to terms overnight Tuesday to become head coach of the Charlotte 49ers’ men’s basketball program, an informed source told the Observer.

Price, 51, will replace Alan Major, who left the position about two weeks ago. Price has been an assistant with the Hornets the past two seasons. His most high-profile accomplishment in that span was improving the highly flawed jump shot of small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

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