Hornets head coach steps away from team to address health

Hornets coach to take time off over health concerns

Hornets coach to take time off over health concerns

The organization announced that Clifford, 56, is stepping away from the team due to health reasons. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 104-99.

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

Associate head coach Stephen Silas, as he did during Monday's win over Orlando, will take over as head coach during Clifford's absence.

The team says there is no timetable for Clifford's return and would have no further comment.

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

Silas will continue to coach the team with Clifford out.

Silas received a text message at about 2 p.m. Monday saying Clifford was too sick to coach the team that evening, the Charlotte Observer reports. Charlotte's next game is against the Golden State Warriors, and a road trip featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets follows two other home games. But the Hornets can't be blamed for not offering specific details at this point.

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