Hornets Coach Steve Clifford Takes Indefinite Leave To Address Health


This is the Clifford's fifth season with the Hornets. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 104-99. Associate head coach Stephen Silas will take over as interim head coach in Clifford's absence.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Hornets coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for an undetermined period of time to deal with a "health issue".

The Hornets didn't give any further specifics out of respect for Clifford.

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The 56-year-old Clifford missed Monday's victory against the Orlando Magic for what the team said was an illness.

The Hornets are now 9-13 this season and are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. Silas was filling in for Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford, who was sick.

"Today's been a lot of study", Silas said before Monday's game tipped off, according to Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel. That coaching resume includes stints under his father Paul with the Hornets (2000-2003, 2010-2013) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2005), as well as time as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors (2006-2010). There is no timetable set for his return.