Magic’s Clifford out of hospital, cleared to resume coaching

Field Level Media

March 07, 2020 at 7:19 am.

Orlando coach Steve Clifford was discharged from a hospital early Saturday morning, hours after he left the court in the third quarter of the Magic’s 132-118 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis.

At the time he exited, the team said Clifford was taken to a Minneapolis hospital because of an illness. But shortly before 2 a.m. ET Saturday, the club announced through a statement that Clifford was out of the hospital and “cleared to resume all coaching activities.”

According to the club, Clifford underwent tests and was diagnosed with dehydration before getting discharged from the hospital.

Assistant Ty Corbin ran the club for the remainder of the contest after Clifford left the game.

Clifford, 58, has dealt with health issues in the past decade. In 2013, he had two stents placed in his heart.

Two seasons ago, while he was coaching the Charlotte Hornets, he missed 21 games to deal with an accumulation of severe physical complications that included chronic headaches and attributed in large part to a lifestyle that allowed for too little sleep.

Clifford has a 266-289 career NBA coaching record, including a 70-75 mark with Orlando.