After testing positive for the coronavirus, Orlando Clif coach Steve Clifford will miss several games, starting with the game against Indiana on Sunday night, sources told ESPN.
Clifford has been asymptomatic, but after getting a positive test on Sunday morning – his third positive in four days – he will be forced to enter the league’s health and safety protocols for the immediate future.
Assistant coach Tyrone Corbin will replace Clifford on the bench of magic, Clifford said on Saturday night.
Clifford, 59, originally tested positive Thursday night. He returned two negative tests on Friday in the hopes that the first positive was a false result, and then learned on Saturday afternoon that a test he took that morning was positive.
“I’m fine,” said Clifford on Saturday night. “I have no temperature. I feel 100%. ”
Clifford received both doses of the Moderna vaccine, the second on Thursday. He is not yet considered fully vaccinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols, as less than two weeks have passed since his last dose. He said he did not experience any side effects from the vaccination.
Clifford has dealt with a number of health issues in the past. He missed 21 games due to problems caused by sleep deprivation in the 2017/18 season while training in Charlotte. He also left a game against the Timberwolves in March 2020 after becoming dizzy from dehydration.