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November 8, 2013

Bobcats coach Clifford needs heart procedure

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford will need a procedure to have two stents placed in his heart and will not coach Friday night's game against the New York Knicks.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said Friday in release that Clifford checked himself into the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains. Higgins said Clifford is "resting comfortably" in the hospital but it's too early to know when he'll return.

Patrick Ewing will serve as Charlotte's acting head coach Friday against his former team.

Clifford, 52, becomes the second professional coach to check himself into a Charlotte hospital in the last week. Denver Broncos coach John Fox, who used to coach the Panthers and still owns a home in Charlotte, was admitted last Saturday with chest pains after experiencing pain while on the golf course.

Clifford joined the Bobcats this offseason after spending last year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Bobcats are off to a 3-2 start under Clifford.

Rookie Cody Zeller said he didn't find out Clifford was in the hospital until he reported to shoot-around on Friday morning.

"I just texted him and said I was keeping him in my prayers but I don't know much past that," Zeller said.

Clifford joined the Bobcats on May 29, replacing Mike Dunlap, who was fired after the Bobcats went 21-61.

The Bobcats have been thrilled with Clifford's approach thus far, saying he has the right makeup to deal with professional players. He spent 13 seasons as an NBA assistant coach for the Knicks, Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets and Lakers.

Ewing, the team's associate head coach, addressed the media before the game and said he's "a little nervous" about coaching his first game, particularly on such short notice.

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