Hornets Coach Steve Clifford Takes Indefinite Leave To Address Health

Hornets Coach Steve Clifford Takes Indefinite Leave To Address Health

The Charlotte Hornets announced in a press release Wednesday morning that head coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the "immediate future" to address medical concerns. Clifford did not coach Monday night's victory over the Orlando Magic, and was not at practice Tuesday.

Silas took over as Clifford's lead assistant upon Patrick Ewing being hired as head coach at Georgetown last season.

Out of respect for Clifford's privacy, the Hornets are withholding details about his situation and will not make any further comments at the current time.

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The Hornets are now 9-13 this season and are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

Silas joined the Hornets as a scout in 1999 when his father, Paul, was head coach. "All that other stuff will go out the window when it's time to coach". So the 56-year old Clifford may be dealing with an illness and a relatively short absence, or something more severe than that vague term that will never be fully known. There is no timetable for his return.

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