Magic coach Steve Clifford leaves arena during third quarter, taken to hospital for tests

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Just a little more than two years ago, then Charlotte coach Steve Clifford was away from the team for 21 games dealing with stress-related headaches and other issues tied to sleep deprivation. Years before that he had stents put in an artery to help his heart. Clifford’s workaholic nature is part of what made him an NBA coach, but it took a toll on him physically.

Friday night, he did not come out with his team after halftime in Minnesota and was taken to a local hospital, according to multiple reports (Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN was first with the news).

There are no other details yet.

Our thoughts are with Clifford, one of the good guys in the league. Hopefully this is nothing serious.