Stephen Silas Rumors
Clifford has been out since early December with an undisclosed medical condition. In his absence, associate head coach Stephen Silas has been in charge of the team. Clifford has been going through a battery of medical tests, and received clearance Thursday to go back to work, a team source told the Observer. Clifford is expected to return for practice at Spectrum Center Tuesday in preparation for the Wednesday home game against the Wizards.
I generally don’t indict players for how much money they make because if they’re overpaid, that’s the team’s mistake. But Batum is playing on a $120 million, 5-year contract. It’s reasonable to expect him not to vanish. “I don’t know, I don’t know. I wish I had an answer for you,” acting Hornets coach Stephen Silas said when I asked about Batum’s night.
The Charlotte Hornets announced today that Head Coach Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the immediate future to address his health. Currently, there is no timetable for his return. Hornets Associate Head Coach Stephen Silas will serve as acting head coach. Out of respect for Clifford’s privacy, the Hornets will have no further comment at this time.
Charlotte Hornets PR: Head Coach Steve Clifford is not feeling well & did not attend @hornets shootaround. If unavailable tonight, associate HC Stephen Silas would serve as head coach vs ORL #BuzzCity
They’ve granted me access to [Hornets assistant coach] Stephen Silas while the team prepares for a mid-November game against the Celtics. I’ll be with him from shootaround through pregame and postgame, with a film session sandwiched in the middle, to document the largely opaque daily world of an NBA assistant coach. His boss, Hornets head coach Steve Clifford, shrugged when I thanked him for agreeing to the project. He knows what it’s like to toil in anonymity. Silas, frankly, doesn’t need the extra publicity. He has interviewed for the head jobs in Charlotte and Houston and annually shows up on lists of up-and-coming coaching candidates. If Silas is unknown to the general public, he’s practically family within the larger NBA ecosystem. He worked with the retired players’ association after graduating from Brown with a double major in sociology and management. Later, he cut his teeth as an advance scout working both the college and the pro circuit, where he first met Clifford almost 20 years ago.