HoopsHype Steve Clifford rumors

December 11, 2013 Updates

“It’s the NBA, he knows it. When he’s in there, we’ll be careful what we run, but he needs to be ready by Friday (against the Indiana Pacers). That’s a big part of why he’s here. I was around him for a month (as an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers). He picks things up quickly. I trust him as a competitor. I told him, ‘The reason you’re here is because you may be needed, so we need you ready’,” Steve Clifford said. Charlotte Observer

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Steve Clifford knew something was very wrong almost immediately. This wasn't indigestion. He wasn't light-headed. His chest hurt, badly. His breathing labored. And when he got up to from dinner to walk around, things got worse, not better. "I'd never felt pain like that in my chest," the Charlotte Bobcats coach said. "You wonder what's going on. Am I having a heart attack? Am I having a stroke? It was scary." ESPN.com

A little more than a week later, Clifford is back on the road with his team. The Bobcats improved to 5-4 with an 86-80 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. But his life is forever changed. "I didn't have significant damage to my heart," Clifford said. "It's functioning normally and there was no damage, so I'm lucky in that this should only help me if I'm smart with diet, rest, medication and education. My quality of life should be even better." ESPN.com

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The Charlotte Bobcats have announced head coach Steve Clifford will need a procedure to have two stents placed in his heart and will not coach Friday night's game against the New York Knicks. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says in release that Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains. Higgins says Clifford is ''resting comfortably'' in the hospital but it's too early to know when he'll return. Patrick Ewing will serve as Charlotte's acting head coach Friday against his former team. Ewing, the Bobcats' associate head coach, says he's ''a little nervous'' about coaching his first game. Ewing says, ''It's ironic that my first chance to be a head coach will be against a team I played with for 15 years.'' Yahoo! Sports

Charlotte Bobcats rookie coach Steve Clifford — who has gotten his team off to a surprising 3-2 start to the season — checked himself into a Charlotte area hospital Thursday night because he didn’t feel well, the team announced Friday morning. He stayed overnight in the hospital and continues to undergo tests, according to the team. His status to coach the Bobcats when they host the Knicks Friday night is undetermined. NBCSports.com

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On Clifford, the Bobcats’ third head coach in as many seasons: “I’m so happy about Steve. He’s a very professional guy. Professional in a way that the players can respond. He’s worked with some very good programs. I’ve watched him with the players. He has the right patience and rapport – he knows how to position himself with the players. “That’s a big move for us because no matter how we spend on players, it starts with the coach. I’m not putting down (predecessor) Mike Dunlap. He had some of the same qualities.” Charlotte Observer

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Though Haywood would have been third on the depth chart at center, behind Al Jefferson and Bismack Biyombo, this is still a blow because capable centers are so hard to find. “First of all, on a personal level, I’ve seen how hard he’s worked all summer to keep his body in shape so he had the best chance possible to be ready for the regular season,’’ said coach Steve Clifford. “Everything was done with a good schedule. You feel for him. “From a team standpoint, it’s a hit. He’s our biggest guy, he’s our best basket protector. When he got on the floor the day that he got hurt, he was moving well.” Charlotte Observer

October 5, 2013 Updates

Clifford told shooting guard Gerald Henderson, just after Henderson re-signed, that he was confident Henderson could hit another level offensively. Clifford said the key was emphasizing what Henderson does best and not sweating what he didn’t do so well. “In order for them to play as well as they can play, it’s about a confidence level,’’ Clifford said at training camp Friday evening. “They’re going to feel most confident doing what they do best. “So our communication has to be that: If I see things I think they’d do well with, I’ll throw it out. But the one thing I don’t want to do is put them in things they aren’t comfortable with.” Charlotte Observer

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