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Ewing to coach Bobcats against Knicks

11/08/2013 4:29 PM ET
By The Associated Press

With Charlotte head coach Steve Clifford hospitalized due to illness, Patrick Ewing will coach the Bobcats against the Knicks on Friday night.(AP)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats have announced head coach Steve Clifford will need a procedure to have two stents placed in his heart and will not coach Friday night's game against the New York Knicks.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins says in release that Clifford went to the hospital Thursday night because he was suffering from chest pains. Higgins says Clifford is "resting comfortably" in the hospital but it's too early to know when he'll return.

Patrick Ewing will serve as Charlotte's acting head coach Friday against his former team.

Ewing, the Bobcats' associate head coach, says he's "a little nervous" about coaching his first game.

Ewing says, "It's ironic that my first chance to be a head coach will be against a team I played with for 15 years."

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