Hornets coach Steve Clifford steps away indefinitely for health reasons


Hornets coach Steve Clifford missed the team's home game against the Magic Monday and will be away from the team for an indefinite period of time because of issues with his health, the team announced Wednesday.

Steve Clifford will step away from coaching the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced on Wednesday, while he addresses an undisclosed health concern.

The Hornets said in a press released there is no timetable for Clifford's return.

Silas joined the Hornets as a scout in 1999 when his father, Paul, was head coach. In the meantime, assistant coach Stephen Silas will coach the Hornets.

Charlotte is 9-13 and in third place in the Southeast Division. 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. So the 56-year old Clifford may be dealing with an illness and a relatively short absence, or something more severe than that vague term that will never be fully known. But the Hornets can't be blamed for not offering specific details at this point.