Report: Hornets’ Steve Clifford cleared to return after health issue

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Good news for fans of NBA basketball in the Queen City.

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford, who has been gone from the team since Dec. 6, will return to the bench next week. According to a report from The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Clifford had been out due to severe headaches, and Stephen Silas had served in his stead.

According to a release from the team, Clifford will join them for the first time on Jan. 16 for practice and will coach for the first time the next day against the Washington Wizards.

This is promising on a few fronts. First, Clifford is generally taken to be one of the nicer guys around the NBA and so his return should be a boost for morale around the Spectrum Center.

Charlotte has also been in serious trouble all year, and are now a disappointing 15-24 on the season. According to Bonnell, the team is 7-11 during Clifford’s absence.

Perhaps Clifford’s return can bolster their chances in the East?

In either case, glad to hear the Clifford can return to the bench.