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Charlotte Hornets' Steve Clifford away from team to address his health

Charlotte Hornets' Steve Clifford away from team to address his health

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford is expected to be away from the team indefinitely as he is dealing with health concerns, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. In his place, associate head coach Stephen Silas will serve as the interim.

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. Hopefully, whatever he's going through isn't too severe, and he'll be able to make a swift recovery.

This is the Clifford's fifth season with the Hornets.




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

The grind of coaching during a season can be hazardous to someone's health, with early mornings, practices to plan and run, travel, late nights and potentially poor eating habits combining to invite issues. There is no timetable for his return. The team did not provide any additional details on the situation "out of respect for Clifford's privacy".