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

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

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. In his place, associate head coach Stephen Silas will serve as the interim.

On Wednesday morning, the Charlotte Hornets announced head coach Steve Clifford will be taking a leave of absence "for the immediate future" in order to address his health.

This is a great opportunity for Silas, who may be in line for a head coaching job soon, but it obviously comes under unfortunate circumstances. When Clifford didn't show up for Monday's shootaround, Silas had a feeling something was amiss.


Clifford has battled heart problems in the past, but a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press the issue was not a heart-related.

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

"(Clifford) is always so prepared for every instance, every game, so today was a lot of study", Silas told reporters before the game. Charlotte hosts Golden State on Wednesday night.

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