Hornets' Steve Clifford Takes Leave Of Absence To Address Health

Nov 29 2017 Toronto Ontario CAN Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford reacts in the third quarter during a game against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

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

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford will not be on the sideline for a while. The previous season, the Hornets went just 21-61 under the direction of Mike Dunlap, who lasted just one year with the team.

Steve Clifford is taking some time off to get healthy. Associate head coach Stephen Silas will coach the team in Clifford's absence.

Hornets representatives said they had no further comment out of respect for Clifford's privacy.

The Hornets, owned by National Basketball Association icon Michael Jordan, are 9-13 this season and host the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. 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).

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

The Hornets did not provide additional details.

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