Hornets coach Clifford to return to work next week

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 29: Head coach Steve Clifford of the Charlotte Hornets motions from the sideline against the Toronto Raptors during NBA game action at Air Canada Centre on November 29, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets coach Steve Clifford has been medically cleared to return to coaching on a full-time basis.

The team said Thursday night that Clifford will officially re-join the Hornets starting with practice Tuesday. He will return to the sideline Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Clifford has been away from the team since Dec. 6 dealing with a health issue.

Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas has been serving as the team’s acting head coach while Clifford was out.

Charlotte is 15-24 this season.

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