Steve Clifford out indefinitely with health issues, Stephen Silas to take over

Hornets coach Steve Clifford away for 'immediate future' to address health issues

The Charlotte Hornets announced Wednesday that Steve Clifford would be away from the team "for the immediate future" for health-related reasons.

There is no timetable for Clifford's return and longtime assistant Stephen Silas will be the interim head coach.

The associate head coach oversaw the team's recent victory over the Orlando Magic because Clifford was feeling ill.


The Charlotte Hornets already had their fair share of injury issues this season, but this time an issue with health has taken their head coach away.

Charlotte went out and added center Dwight Howard over the summer to help its rim protection, and with a cast that includes Kemba Walker and Nicolas Batum, the Hornets were expected to vault themselves back into postseason contention.

The Hornets are now 9-13 this season and are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference. 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). The team did not provide any additional details on the situation "out of respect for Clifford's privacy".

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