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November 08, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford hospitalized; Patrick Ewing may fill in tonight against the Knicks

    Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford has been hospitalized and is undergoing tests this morning for an undisclosed condition. It’s unclear whether he’ll be able to coach tonight’s home game against the New York Knicks.

            If Clifford can’t coach, associate head coach Patrick Ewing will step in.

    “He just wasn’t feeling well so he’s at the hospital getting some tests. Hopefully he will be back for the game tonight, but we have to prepare as if he won’t,” Ewing said after morning shootaround at Time Warner Cable Arena.

    “My emotions are all about Cliff and the team. He’s a very close friend of mine, and I’m worried about his safety and well-being. We have a great staff assembled here, so if he does not make it (to the game) the rest of the staff and I will have to carry on.”

            Ewing worked with Clifford as assistants for the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets. He spoke with Clifford last night.

    “He sounded fine, but we’ll see what happens,” Ewing said.

            Ewing said he’s never coached a game except for summer-league games. Ironically he’d be coaching tonight against the Knicks, the team he starred on at center for most of his playing career:

    “I’m going to have to curse Cliff out, particularly since it’s this game against (the Knicks).  All I’m worried about is us – executing with energy and effort. Execute the game plan and let the chips fall as they may.”

            Ewing confirmed that Bobcats center Al Jefferson will again sit out tonight’s game with an ankle sprain. He’s missed four of the team’s five games this season after playing in the opener against the Rockets.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 8, 2013 at 11:42 AM | Permalink

Comments

This is too bad. He was the reason we won the last two games. We would have lost those last season. Hoping for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: Steve | Nov 8, 2013 12:42:23 PM

he was the reason we won? really?

you guys are seriously delusional. clifford is a good coach, no doubt. but the difference between he and dunlap is personality, not actual coaching. dunlap had us at 7-5 last year too.

dunlap doubled our winning % from the season prior while getting younger. clifford inherited a team 1 year further along in the development. OF COURSE they will look better this year. MKG, Biz, Taylor, Kemba, Hendo, all a year further along after last year. jeff adrien too.

give credit where credit is due but giving this all to clifford and saying it wouldn't have happened last year is just....as i put it......delusional.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 8, 2013 1:39:31 PM

I was quite shocked by these news.
This is a very stressful job.

I hope it's nothing too serious.
Get well soon, coach Clifford!

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 8, 2013 3:15:55 PM

I am not entitled to my opinion? The way he finishes games is much different than Dunlap. Clifford doesn't use two point guards at the end. Really liked the way he defended Irving and the way he rotates on defense. In a close NBA game, I will take Clifford. When your coach gets another job let me know.

Posted by: Steve | Nov 8, 2013 3:57:25 PM

Best wishes to Coach Clifford on a speedy recovery...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Nov 8, 2013 4:44:08 PM

Guys, this is about Steve Clifford's health,
not about old arguments on Dunlap (whatever anyone thinks about him, this is not the time and place for that stuff...).

No harm in repeating this:

Get well soon, coach Clifford!

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 8, 2013 5:01:37 PM

Charlottean,

ARE YOU FUKING SERIOUSLY DEBATING A GOOD FUKING WILL COMMENT..... ARE YOU FING SERIOUS, RIGHT FING NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy sht u need too slow the fk down!!!!
I dont give a f! when this happened under this topic you want too debate!"!
...........

Posted by: Dshtg!! | Nov 8, 2013 11:32:20 PM

Holy sht....
Thats it u just did it.... DEBATED YOUR SELF OUT OF WHAT???????????

I have said IT in past u would argue/ debate a DOOR KNOB!
ITS OVER!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Dshtg!! | Nov 8, 2013 11:58:42 PM

Truly sorry about language.

Posted by: Dshtg!! | Nov 9, 2013 8:42:43 AM

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