Clifford hospitalized due to "not feeling well", according to Bobcats
Developing: Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford Hospitalized, Will Not Coach Tonight
By Mike Leslie, Sports Anchor/Digital Journalist - email
Charlotte, NC -- Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford will not coach on Friday night. Clifford was hospitalized Thursday night into Friday, as he reportedly underwent a stent procedure on his heart.
Clifford is the latest in a line of head coaching health concerns. Less than a week removed from health scares for Denver Broncos head coach John Fox, and Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak, Clifford was hospitalized Thursday night.
Clifford suffered chest pains at dinner on Thursday night. He was hospitalized shortly thereafter, and was kept overnight.
The Bobcats organization released a statement, saying in part that Clifford was "not feeling well". The Bobcats called the process a "precaution", and added that Clifford underwent tests Friday morning.
Clifford is 52 years old. He is in his first year as head coach of the Bobcats. He took over for Mike Dunlap after last season's 21-61 campaign.
Bobcats associate head coach Patrick Ewing will be the emergency head coach tonight, as the Bobcats face the New York Knicks at 7 p.m. Ewing played played 15 seasons for the Knicks, and is the team's all-time leader in games played and points.
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