Charlotte Hornets head coach steps away from team to address health issues

Charlotte Hornets head coach steps away from team to address health issues

He coached the Charlotte team for a few games in the 2011-12 season, when they were called the Bobcats and his father, then-head coach Paul Silas, handed him the reins. User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.

The Charlotte Hornets announced Wednesday that head coach Steve Clifford will step from his role with the team for the immediate future to address his health. The team did not specify the issue Clifford is dealing with and said there is no timetable for his return. Assistant head coach Stephen Silas will assume Clifford's position.

The Hornets are 9-13 this season, Clifford's fifth with the franchise.

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The associate head coach oversaw the team's recent victory over the Orlando Magic because Clifford was feeling ill. Beyond that, he's been an assistant coach in the league nearly steadily since 2000, save for his time as a scout for the Washington Wizards. 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.

The Hornets did not disclose Clifford's illness.

The Hornets did not provide additional details.

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