Hornets coach Steve Clifford steps away indefinitely for health reasons

Hornets coach Steve Clifford out indefinitely with health concerns

Steve Clifford steps away from Hornets to address health

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Hornets coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for an undetermined period of time to deal with a "health issue".

Clifford missed Monday night's game against the Orlando Magic in what the team described only as an illness.

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. Assistant head coach Stephen Silas will assume Clifford's position. "All that other stuff will go out the window when it's time to coach".

"Today's been a lot of study", Silas said before Monday's game tipped off, according to Josh Robbins of The Orlando Sentinel.

The Hornets host the Warriors Wednesday. But the Hornets can't be blamed for not offering specific details at this point. Currently, there is no timetable for his return.

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