Former Charlotte Hornets head coach and long-time NBA assistant Gene Littles died last week at the age of 78.
Littles, who graduated from High Point University as the program’s all-time leading scorer, was drafted by the ABA’s Dallas Chaparrals and the NBA’s New York Knicks after leaving school, though his ABA rights were ultimately acquired by the Carolina Cougars. Littles made the all-ABA rookie team as a point guard and won the 1975 ABA title as a member of the Kentucky Colonels.
Littles ultimately joined the college coaching ranks as an assistant at Appalachian State before taking over as the head coach at N.C. A&T. He became an NBA assistant in 1986, and in 1990 he was named the head coach of the Hornets midway through the year and kept the job through the next season. Littles was 37-87 in 124 games as Charlotte’s head coach.
Surenkamp hired as G League coach
On Wednesday, the Hornets announced that Jordan Surenkamp would take over as the new coach of the Greensboro Swarm. Surenkamp spent the past two seasons as Charlotte’s head video coordinator.
At 30 years old, Surenkamp is the youngest coach in the Swarm’s brief history. Since joining the league in 2016, Greensboro has an overall record of 73-135 and has never appeared in the postseason.
“He’s an extremely hard worker,” Charlotte coach James Borrego said of Surenkamp in a press release. “He absorbs information, he applies it. He’s got great passion for the game and loves our organization. He has a developmental mindset, so I think he fits extremely well in Greensboro ... Nobody knows our organization or our scheme better than Jordan.”
Odds and ends ...
... According to Bleacher Report, Charlotte hired Norm Richardson as an assistant coach on James Borrego’s staff this week. Richardson, who has coached in the G League since 2016, played one NBA season in 2001-02 after going undrafted out of Hofstra.
... NBA 2K22, the official NBA licensed video game, was released on Sept. 10. Charlotte is listed as a 79 overall. LaMelo Ball is the team’s top-rated player, earning an overall rating of 84 after winning NBA Rookie of the Year honors this past season.