Steve Clifford Rumors
“Oh, it’s everyday,” says Hornets head coach Steve Clifford, a Lakers assistant under D’Antoni during the 2012-13 season. “I don’t care home, road, no matter practice or game, if you went into his hotel room—whatever it was—he’s gonna find a Starbucks.” “If he can’t get there, I don’t want to talk to him the rest of the day,” says Dan D’Antoni, the younger brother of the Rockets’ head coach.
What happened over the next 5 1/2 weeks had little do with with basketball, everything to do with self-preservation. It registered on Clifford, who turned 56 in September, that this could potentially end his season, if not his career. Clifford’s condition doesn’t necessarily fit the description of migraines, which his brother has suffered from for years. Jung told Clifford what he was feeling was a pattern among highly stressed Charlotte executives. “The biggest thing for me is a lack of sleep. Stress-related,” Clifford said. “(Jung’s) biggest concern with me is (most executives) don’t travel as much as I do. That’s why they have been a little more careful — and rightfully so — about me coming back.”
“Dr. Jung told me, ‘You don’t have internal issues. That’s good; those would be tougher.’” Clifford recalled. “Most people with headache issues have external issues, like their job. You find out sleep is everything. People say you are what you eat or you’ve got to drink more water. Those things are important, but not nearly as important as regular sleep.”
Hornets coach Steve Clifford will rejoin the team for practice on Tuesday. Clifford, who left the team Dec. 6 because of health reasons, will coach the Hornets Wednesday against Washington. He spoke with his team on Friday. “It’s great news,” Batum said. “I called him right away and talked to him. It’s good to know he’s coming back, and it’s good to know he’s getting better. He’s been out a few weeks, and it could be scary (to be sick), but the most important thing right now is his health.”
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Two years ago, Charlotte coach Steve Clifford turned to the team’s medical staff, searching for something to dull periodic headaches. They gave him medication to manage the pain, and Clifford marched the franchise into the playoffs. Time passed, but the headaches only worsened. Doctors ran him through a battery of exams during the 2017 All-Star break, and Clifford kept going. Eventually this season, Clifford was struggling to sleep at all. The pain had become prodigious. All the angst over the winning and losing, all the hours watching video, all those 3:00 a.m. hotel arrivals off back-to-back games, and finally, Clifford sat inside his practice facility office on an early December game-day morning and the truth washed over him: I can’t live this way anymore.