Orlando Magic head coach Steve Clifford left Friday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the third quarter after feeling ill, and was taken to a Minnesota-area hospital.
During the third quarter of tonight’s game at Minnesota, Orlando Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford came down with an illness.
Clifford is being taken to a local hospital to undergo further evaluation.
— Orlando Magic PR (@Magic_PR) March 7, 2020
John Denton of OrlandoMagic.Com reports that, according to a Magic official, “cardiac issues possibly playing a role in the illness are not being ruled out.”
Per an @OrlandoMagic official, head coach Steve Clifford was taken to Hennapin Co. Medical Center in Minneapolis for testing. He left tonight's game in the 3rd Q after saying he wasn't feeling well. Cardiac issues possibly playing a role in the illness are not being ruled out.
— John Denton (@JohnDenton555) March 7, 2020
Clifford, 58, is in his second season as Orlando’s head coach, after serving as head coach for the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets for the five seasons before that.
Tyrone Corbin replaced Clifford as head coach in the third quarter, and the Magic went on to win 132-118.
UPDATE: Steve Clifford “was diagnosed with dehydration and discharged from a Minneapolis hospital,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Clifford is cleared to resume coaching.
Magic coach Steve Clifford was diagnosed with dehydration and discharged from a Minneapolis hospital. He has been cleared to resume coaching the team.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 7, 2020
That’s certainly great news to come out of a scary situation.
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