Hornets head coach steps away from team 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

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The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Head Coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the immediate future to address his health. 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.

When Clifford didn't show up for Monday's shootaround, Silas had a feeling something was amiss. The Hornets won 104-94 with Silas as the interim.

Silas has been an assistant for the Hornets since 2010, which pre-dates Clifford's tenure as head coach.

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The 56-year-old Clifford took over as Charlotte's head coach during the 2013-14 campaign and led the club to a surprising 43 wins and a playoff appearance. "All that other stuff will go out the window when it's time to coach". The Hornets return to action tonight at Spectrum Center in Charlotte against the defending NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

Out of respect for Clifford's privacy, the Hornets are withholding details about his situation and will not make any further comments at the current time.

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