HoopsHype Steve Clifford rumors


April 17, 2014 Updates
March 16, 2014 Updates

Somebody asked Bobcats coach Steve Clifford what he thought about raising the age limit for entry into the NBA draft. Clifford said most players can only benefit from another season at a program like Duke or North Carolina. But he stopped short of saying that’s reason to change the rule, and I know why: Clifford saw how impactful LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were long before they would have completed a sophomore season in college. There are always exceptions. Charlotte Observer

March 12, 2014 Updates

Neither the Charlotte Bobcats nor shooting guard Gary Neal discussed specifics on why Neal was held out of Wednesday’s 98-85 victory over the Washington Wizards. But it was behavioral, rather than medical, and Neal said he made amends. “I made a mistake,” Neal told the Observer post-game. ‘Me and coach talked about it and we’ll move forward from there.” Coach Steve Clifford called this an “internal team matter.” He said it was over after the game and Neal’s minutes won’t be affected when the Bobcats play the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Friday. Charlotte Observer

March 11, 2014 Updates
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

November 18, 2013 Updates
November 16, 2013 Updates

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

November 11, 2013 Updates

Clifford is in a dramatically better position than he was Thursday night, when the chest pains started. A first-time NBA head coach, Clifford said there is a history of coronary disease in his family. The chest pains were a blessing. “I was lucky. It was a warning sign and I’ve since been educated that a lot of people who have strokes or heart attacks don’t get warning signs,” Clifford said. “Also fortunate I had great doctors. They have a good plan for me, and I’m going to follow it and get better quickly.” Charlotte Observer

November 10, 2013 Updates
November 9, 2013 Updates
November 8, 2013 Updates

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

October 20, 2013 Updates
October 17, 2013 Updates

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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