Hornets head coach steps away from team to address health

Hornets head coach steps away from team to address health

Hornets head coach steps away from team to address health

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is stepping away from the team to address his health and will miss an undetermined amount of time, the club announced Wednesday. Assistant head coach Stephen Silas will assume Clifford's position.

Head Coach Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets watches play during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum on October 30, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee. Out of respect for his privacy, the organization did not comment further on his condition. The team is 9-13 this season, 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

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The 56-year-old Clifford took over as Charlotte's head coach during the 2013-14 campaign and led the club to a surprising 43 wins and a playoff appearance. "All that other stuff will go out the window when it's time to coach".

An indefinite timetable to return invites speculation about Clifford's health, and his status going forward.

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The Hornets did not provide additional details.

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