HoopsHype Steve Clifford rumors

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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

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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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The little bit of basketball Zeller has played so far as a Bobcat went exceedingly well. He was named to the all-tournament team at Las Vegas Summer League, after averaging 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in four games. New Bobcats coach Steve Clifford gave Zeller plenty of freedom to experiment offensively away from the basket. Zeller was pleasantly surprised how much NBA rules (defensive three-seconds and no-handchecking dribblers) opened up the lane for his drives. “First time in a while it didn’t seem like there were six or seven guys waiting for me in the lane,” Zeller said. Charlotte Observer

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So while Clifford was getting adjusted in his move from an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers to the new coach of the Bobcats, Walker was busy playing detective. "If I've learned anything the past two years," Walker said, "it's that things can change, with a quickness, and not always for the better. We went from Coach [Paul] Silas to [Mike] Dunlap and this third time ... well, you want it to be the charm. So yeah, I absolutely did my homework on Coach Clifford. I talked to guys around the league that I knew he worked with and it was all good. All good. I just wanted to make sure. I understood what it is he'll expect from me as his point guard and what guys who have played for him before think of him and know of him, because if we're going to turn a corner and become the team we want to be, we've got to have a coach that's ready to take us to that next level." NBA.com

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