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Bobcats: Coach has successful heart procedure

The Charlotte Bobcats announced that head coach Steve Clifford underwent a successful procedure Friday to have two stents placed in his heart. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said in release Friday that Clifford is “resting comfortably” in the hospital but it’s too early to know when he’ll return to work. Higgins said Clifford checked himself into the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains. Clifford, 52, joined the Bobcats this offseason after spending last year as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Bobcats got off to a 3-2 start under Clifford. Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing served as Charlotte’s acting head coach in the Bobcats 101-91 loss to the New York Knicks Friday night. – Associated Press