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UPDATE: Bobcats’ coach Steve Clifford out Friday after spending night in hospital

Nov 8, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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UPDATE 4:17 pm: Steve Clifford will sit out the Bobcats home game against the Knicks on Friday night, the team announced on Friday afternoon. Here is part of the team’s official statement.

While at dinner last night, Bobcats Head Coach Steve Clifford suffered chest pains. He went to the hospital and was later admitted. After testing this morning, doctors concluded that a procedure was necessary to place two stents in his heart. He is resting comfortably and is expected to re-join the team soon.

A “stent procedure”  means he had angioplasty to clear a blocked artery around his heart. In those cases a balloon is inserted into a nearly blocked artery and inflated to clear the blockage, then the stent — small mesh tube — stays in place to support the narrow or weak arteries. 

What the weekend off for Clifford means means for the first time ever Patrick Ewing will be an NBA head coach — and his debut comes against the Knicks franchise where he was a legendary player.

The Bobcats say Clifford could well back with the team by Monday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

11:06 am: Charlotte Bobcats rookie coach Steve Clifford — who has gotten his team off to a surprising 3-2 start to the season — checked himself into a Charlotte area hospital Thursday night because he didn’t feel well, the team announced Friday morning.

He stayed overnight in the hospital and continues to undergo tests, according to the team.

His status to coach the Bobcats when they host the Knicks Friday night is undetermined. If he can’t go it is likely assistant Patrick Ewing will be the head coach against the Knicks.

Of course, that’s secondary to Clifford’s health. We don’t have any details so there is no way to guess if he’ll be out for any length of time.

We wish him and the Bobcats the best. Hope this is nothing serious.

  1. jhuck92 - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    He must be overwhelmed by their winning record.

  2. peddealer - Nov 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Personally, I want to see him out for a while. Would love to see Ewing’s beautiful face get some camera time.

    Patrick Ewing is just slightly more handsome than Kurt!

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 8, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      I do not think handsome means what you think it means ;-)

      • belleby123 - Nov 8, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Come, on, Kurt, you mean to say that the rumors that you have a face only a blog could love aren’t true?

  3. peddealer - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Hey Kurt, over the course when i read your blogs and bust your balls, just know its all out of love.

    I enjoy your writing

    Justin Tate
    Dallas mavs fanatic

  4. peddealer - Nov 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Hey Kurt,

    In no way do I harbor illusions of you having insider access to the NBA, but with that being said, I have an interesting scenario for you.

    if the Nets got thin at the point from injury or whatever reason, any chance we might see the first player/coach in a very long time?

    Besides Kidd and Mark Jackson, which head coach do you think has the best one on one game Kurt?

    • Kurt Helin - Nov 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      The current CBA does not allow for player coaches, so no.

  5. MyTeamsAllStink - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    Go Hornets!

  6. janessa31888 - Nov 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Its not been a great week for coaches. Hope he recovers well.

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