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Hornets coach Steve Clifford 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 Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Kristopher Love | 06 December, 2017, 18:53

A few hours before the Charlotte Hornets took on the Orlando Magic Monday night, it was announced that Steve Clifford would not be coaching due to an illness.

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford will be stepping away from the team to address his health, according to the team.

Clifford's high-water mark during his four-plus-year tenure as Hornets head coach came during the 2015-16 season, when he guided the squad to 48 wins.

There is no timetable to Clifford's return, nor will the Hornets have additional comments out of respect for his privacy, the team's statement said. Associate head coach Stephen Silas is coaching the team in Clifford's absence.

Silas joined the Hornets as a scout in 1999 when his father, Paul, was head coach.

Charlotte has a record of 9-13 this season.

Silas has been a longtime assistant in the National Basketball Association, coaching for the Hornets/New Orleans Pelicans (2000-03), Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-05), Golden State Warriors (2006-10) and the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets (2010-present).