Hornets coach Clifford to return to work next week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Hornets coach Steve Clifford has been medically cleared to return to coaching on a full-time basis.

The team said Thursday night that Clifford will officially re-join the Hornets starting with practice Tuesday. He will return to the sideline Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.

Clifford has been away from the team since Dec. 6 dealing with a health issue.

Hornets associate head coach Stephen Silas has been serving as the team's acting head coach while Clifford was out.

Charlotte is 15-24 this season.