Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford will miss an undetermined amount of time to address his health, the team announced Wednesday morning. Assistant head coach Stephen Silas will assume Clifford's position.
Silas took over as Clifford's lead assistant upon Patrick Ewing being hired as head coach at Georgetown last season.
The Hornets beat the Magic 104-94 to snap a four-game losing streak.
"(Clifford) is always so prepared for every instance, every game, so today was a lot of study", Silas told reporters before the game. "It was a long day".
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Clifford has served as the Hornets' head coach since the 2013-14 season and has guided the team to a 169-181 record and two appearances in the playoffs.
This is a great opportunity for Silas, who may be in line for a head coaching job soon, but it obviously comes under unfortunate circumstances. 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.
Get well soon, Steve.