Hornets coach Steve Clifford takes leave to address health

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The team announced on Wednesday that head coach Steve Clifford will step away from the team to deal with an undisclosed health concern. He missed Monday night's game against the Orlando Magic due to what was publicly announced to be an illness, with Silas moving down the bench as head coach for that game as well. Associate head coach Stephen Silas will take over head coaching duties in his absence.

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This is the Clifford's fifth season with the Hornets. The team is 9-13 this season, 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

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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. Silas and Mike D'Antoni were reportedly the finalists for the Rockets job when it opened in 2016. "All that other stuff will go out the window when it's time to coach". We're all hoping that the 56-year-old Clifford has a quick recovery. But the Hornets can't be blamed for not offering specific details at this point. There is no timetable for his return.

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