Player Page

Steve Clifford | Center

Team: Charlotte Hornets

Latest News

Recent News

Coach Steve Clifford labeled the Hornets performance during their loss to the Nets on Thursday night as "totally unacceptable."
Brooklyn easily beat the Hornets 125-111 in Charlotte on Thursday. "We owe it to each other, to the organization, to [owner] Michael [Jordan], and to our fans that we don’t play like that," Clifford said after the game. Several veterans were also critical of the team's effort and execution. The Hornets will look to shake up their roster this offseason, but are hamstrung by a number of cumbersome contracts. Mar 9 - 10:41 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Player News


Hornets coach Steve Clifford has been cleared to return to work.

Clifford was on medical leave for more than a month due to severe headaches.
Jan 12 - 9:47 AM

Steve Clifford will be away from the team for the immediate future to address his health and he is currently without an official timetable for his return.

Associate head coach Stephen Silas will continue to serve as the interim head coach in Clifford's absence, and we sure hope all is well with Coach Clifford.
Source: NBA
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 10:04:00 AM

Steve Clifford (illness) will not coach Monday's game against the Magic.

Associate head coach Stephen Silas will assume head coaching duties in Clifford's absence, but we wouldn't expect that to result in dramatically different rotations.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 04:56:00 PM

The Hornets are finalizing a contract for Eddie Jordan to be an assistant coach.

Ranging from 1996-2010 with some time off in between, he was the head coach for the Kings, Wizards and 76ers, going 257-343 with those teams and getting to the playoffs four times. He also coached Rutgers University for three seasons before he was fired in 2016. Jordan replaces Bob Weiss after the Nuggets were able to pry him away.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 07:44:00 PM

The Hornets and Steve Clifford have reportedly come to terms on a three-year extension.

The Hornets are 8-6 on the season, and Clifford owns a record of 84-94 through his first three years as the head coach in Charlotte. Clifford has done a great job integrating Nicolas Batum into the offense, and the new 4-out, 1-in offense in Charlotte has Kemba Walker hitting career-highs in points (18.4), three-pointers (1.6) and more importantly, field goal percentage (46.4). Clifford's new contract will keep him at the helm until the 2018-19 season.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 09:12:00 AM

General manager Rich Cho said team needs won't trump overall talent for the Hornets' upcoming No. 9 pick in the draft.

Well, it's pretty easy to see where the need is. For about two months, all the talk has been about 3-pointers and effective field goal percentage. Meanwhile, the Hornets were dead last in 3-point percentage last season and were one of the worst teams from deep in NBA history. If need is a factor, they'll likely be looking at guys like Devin Booker.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 08:08:00 PM

Rod Higgins has stepped down as the Hornets' president of basketball operations.

Rich Cho will remain the general manager and the front office shouldn't change too much. The Hornets are expected to make a splash in the offseason with some cap space and the ninth pick in the draft.
Fri, Jun 13, 2014 12:36:00 AM

President of basketball operations Rod Higgins said the Hornets could be looking at a backup point guard, a backup wing and an extra big in the draft.

He's not exactly narrowing it down here. Ideally, Marcus Smart would fall to them, but chances are there may not be a point guard worthy of going ninth and they may have to go elsewhere. The Hornets benefited from the Cavs leaping into the top spot and own that ninth pick due to a trade involving Corey Maggette and Ben Gordon involving a top-eight protected pick. However, their 16th pick goes to the Bulls to complete the Tyrus Thomas trade.
Fri, May 23, 2014 09:57:00 AM

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford returned to practice on Sunday and he will coach the team during Monday's game.

Clifford was hospitalized after experiencing chest pain, and he's been told to reduce his workload, but it's terrific to see him back at work on the sidelines.
Sun, Nov 10, 2013 01:14:00 PM

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford was released from the hospital on Saturday, and he told Yahoo! Sports, "I'm feeling a lot better."

It's great news for Clifford, his family and the Bobcats organization. He's recovering after having chest pains which required stents, and it's unclear when he'll return to the sidelines. Assistant coach Patrick Ewing is filling in as head coach during Clifford's absence.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 06:28:00 PM

Patrick Ewing will serve as the head coach against the Knicks on Friday.

Coach Steve Clifford experienced chest pains Thursday night and will sit out tonight. The great news is that he's resting comfortably after a stent procedure on his heart. He is expected to be back soon and could return as soon as Monday's home game against the Hawks.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 04:22:00 PM

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford was hospitalized on Thursday night after not feeling well.

Clifford is undergoing additional testing and may miss Friday's game against the Knicks, potentially leaving assistant Patrick Ewing to coach against his former team. Get well soon, coach.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 10:59:00 AM

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said his team needs to add a third point guard and another big man.

"You have to have a third point guard. If your team's not organized in this league, you have no chance to play well," Clifford said. "I think you have to have six bigs. If you don't have enough bodies up front and you go to Memphis and one of them has the flu, that means somebody [undersized] has to guard Zach Randolph."
Thu, Jul 18, 2013 01:31:00 PM

Steve Clifford will add Warriors assistant Bob Beyer and Magic assistant Mark Price to his Bobcats staff.

Both Beyer and Price worked with Clifford when the latter was one of Stan Van Gundy's lead assistants in Orlando. Beyer spent one season on the Warriors' staff while Price has been Orlando's player development coach since 2011. Clifford already hired Patrick Ewing, who also was a part of SVG's staff in Orlando.
Thu, Jun 20, 2013 03:56:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kemba Walker
2Michael Carter-Williams
3Julyan Stone
4Marcus Paige
SG1Nicolas Batum
2Malik Monk
3Treveon Graham
SF1Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
2Jeremy Lamb
3Dwayne Bacon
PF1Marvin Williams
2Frank Kaminsky
C1Dwight Howard
2Willy Hernangomez
3Cody Zeller
4Mangok Mathiang