Charlotte Hornets' Steve Clifford away from team to address his health

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Clifford's high-water mark during his four-plus-year tenure as Hornets head coach came during the 2015-16 season, when he guided the squad to 48 wins. The Hornets defeated the Grizzlies 104-99.

Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford will miss an undetermined amount of time to address his health, the team announced Wednesday morning.

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Silas received a text message at about 2 p.m. Monday saying Clifford was too sick to coach the team that evening, the Charlotte Observer reports. Associate head coach Stephen Silas will take over head coaching duties in his absence. Charlotte has started this season 9-13. That coaching resume includes stints under his father Paul with the Hornets (2000-2003, 2010-2013) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-2005), as well as time as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors (2006-2010).

"Currently, there is no timetable for his return", the team said in its statement. The team did not provide any additional details on the situation "out of respect for Clifford's privacy".

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