As Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford was checking himself into a local hospital Thursday night, worried about sudden chest pains, Denver Broncos coach John Fox was about to be released from another Charlotte hospital.
Charlotte had become the unfortunate epicenter of a recent trend: Head coaches in their 50s in major American pro sports who are experiencing a health crisis. There have been three of them in the past week.
Clifford, 52, was No.3. He had a procedure Friday morning where doctors inserted two stents in his heart. By mid-afternoon, Clifford was talking with Bobcats associate head coach Patrick Ewing, who coached in his place Friday night in a 101-91 home loss to the New York Knicks.
“He sounds great,” Ewing said before the Bobcats and Knicks tipped off. “He was joking with me. He’s chomping at the bit to get out (of the hospital).”
Fox, 58, who was the Panthers’ coach for nine years and still has an offseason home in Charlotte, had his aortic valve replaced Monda...