The Charlotte Hornets announced Wednesday that Coach Steve Clifford is stepping away from the team “for the immediate future to address his health.” The team did not specify the issue Clifford is dealing with and said there is no timetable for his return. Associate head coach Stephen Silas will coach the team in Clifford’s absence.
The Hornets are 9-13 this season, Clifford’s fifth with the franchise. He missed Monday night’s game against the Magic because of illness, with Silas telling reporters that Clifford fell ill around 9 a.m. the day of the game. According to USA Today, the 56-year-old Clifford had to step away from the team for a few days in November 2013 to have two stents placed in his heart after experiencing chest pains.
Well-wishers abounded on Twitter.
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