Paul Silas To Sign Extension As Bobcats' Coach, According To Report

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Paul Silas To Remain Charlotte Bobcats' Coach Through 2011-12 Season, According To Report

Paul Silas is near a deal to remain the coach of the Charlotte Bobcats through the 2011-12 season, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Silas took over for the departing Larry Brown in late December. Since Silas took the reigns, the Bobcats have gone 15-12. They were 9-19 when Brown resigned.

Silas had previously coached the Hornets (when they were still in Charlotte and in their first season in New Orleans) and was LeBron James' first NBA head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bobcats are fighting for a playoff spot with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers, who are themselves thriving under a replacement coach in Frank Vogel. Vogel, however, was an internal hire when the franchise decided to fire Jim O'Brien. Silas was retired when the Bobcats made him their new head coach.

The move to extend Silas likely keeps the Bobcats out of the coaching market this offseason, but ensures that even if the NBA suffers a lockout for the 2011-12, Charlotte will have a coaching staff on the payroll. It's believed teams with coaching vacancies may opt to hold off on hiring a coach until there's something for said coaches to do, like work with players. Once (and if) the NBA calls a lockout on July 1, coaches under contract can have no contact with players under contract.


Charles Oakley, Stephen Silas Added To Charlotte Bobcats Coaching Staff

Former Knicks banger Charles Oakley and Warriors assistant coach Stephen Silas will join new interim coach Paul Silas at the helm of the Charlotte Bobcats, according to reports. Oakley confirmed his move on his Twitter account. The elder Silas took over the team Wednesday as Larry Brown resigned and his entire staff was dismissed.

Oakley has never coached in the NBA. He retired from the Houston Rockets in 2004, though in recent years claimed he could still play in the league. He has been pushing for an opportunity as an assistant coach, and is considered Michael Jordan's best friend. Jordan owns the Bobcats.

The younger Silas had previously served as an assistant under his father in Cleveland. Both Silases were fired by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert in March 2005 as the team made a playoff run with a 20-year-old LeBron James. Silas has served this season as one of Keith Smart's deputies at Golden State, and has been said to have been instrumental in reviving Monta Ellis' commitment to the team.

Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski also reports that Ralph Lewis, a former Sonics and Thunder assistant coach, will join the staff. Former Charlotte Hornets Muggsy Bogues and P.J. Brown were rumored to be prospects as well, but Woj said it doesn't appear either will join the team.


Larry Brown's Exit Unsurprising To Bobcats Fans

Larry Brown's resignation as the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday did not exactly come as a surprise to many. The Bobcats have been one of the most disappointing teams of the 2010-11 season, following up last year's first-ever playoff berth with a 9-19 record to start the season. The team's vaunted defense, which lost Tyson Chandler to trade and Raymond Felton to free agency, has been completely underwhelming, and Brown was reportedly unhappy behind the scenes.

But David Arnott of SB Nation blog Rufus On Fire says that Larry Brown's Bobcats tenure accomplished what it set out to do.

Everything spiraled out of control this season, but we shouldn't be surprised that he was dissatisfied and anxious about the players he was given to work with because this is what Larry Brown does. He spent four seasons with the Indiana Pacers, under five seasons with the Denver Nuggets, and six seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, and those were his long-term gigs. Two and a half seasons is about right.

But it's also worth remembering that what Larry Brown does is turn around struggling franchises quickly, and he did it in Charlotte, taking one of the worst-run teams in the league, turning over the roster, and creating a structure within which the talent could thrive. His signature moves were signing off on the Boris Diaw-Raja Bell trade, and then the Stephen Jackson trade.

The first move was a clear signal that the Cats would be doing business differently. They wouldn't rely on Richardson's brand of dunking and threes, and they wouldn't wait around for Jared Dudley to show what kind of player he could be. The second move showed the Cats were aiming for the playoffs, but more important, pounded home the point that Brown was willing to work with castoffs and turn other teams' garbage into gold.

This season, Brown either had too much garbage to deal with, or the gold had tuned him out. Paul Silas is not a dissimilar coach -- he's tough-nosed and a teacher, first and foremost -- so it will be interesting to see if he can right the ship. If not, expect the trade deadline to mark the beginning of another Bobcats do-over.


Paul Silas Named Charlotte Bobcats' Interim Head Coach, Replacing Larry Brown

Paul Silas has been named the interim head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats, the team announced Wednesday. The announcement came just hours after news broke that Larry Brown had resigned from his position and that his entire staff had been fired.

Silas coached the Charlotte Hornets through the team's relocation to New Orleans in 2002. He later coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, and was LeBron James' first NBA head coach. He has a lifetime 355-400 record in the NBA, with many of those losses coming as the coach of the San Diego Clippers in the early 1980s. SIlas was also a great player in 1960s and '70s, making two All-Star teams and five All-Defense teams.

Brown resigned in what the Bobcats termed a mutual decision with owner Michael Jordan. Brown took over the Bobcats in 2008, and last season led the franchise to its first and only playoff berth. Under Brown, the team became a defensive juggernaut, finishing tops in the league in defensive efficiency last year. But the trade of Tyson Chandler, the free agent loss of Raymond Felton helped contribute to a massive slide for the team this season. After Tuesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Bobcats sit at just 9-19, 2-1/2 games out of the East's No. 8 seed.

SIlas will need to add 2-3 assistant coaches quickly. His son Stephen is an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, but it would be unorthodox for the younger Silas to leave midseason for another assistant position. Stephen Silas coached under his father in Cleveland; both were fired in March 2005 as the Cavaliers chased a playoff spot in LeBron's second season. Brendan Malone, a current Orlando Magic assistant coach, and Kenny Natt, most recently an interim head coach of the Sacramento Kings in 2009, were also on Silas' Cavs staff. Natt is not currently working in the NBA.


Larry Brown Resigns; Paul Silas, Patrick Ewing Emerge As Candidates For Bobcats Coach

Paul Silas and Patrick Ewing have emerged as two top candidates for the Charlotte Bobcats' head coach position vacated by Larry Brown, according to Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski. Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson is also under consideration.

Brown resigned Wednesday as the Bobcats got off to an awful 9-19 start a year after making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan also reportedly fired Brown's entire coaching staff, leaving a void in succession to the head coach spot.

Silas last coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, leaving that franchise in 2005 as Dan Gilbert took over the team and prepared for a string of title runs with a young LeBron James. Before that, he was the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets, and he remains in the Charlotte-area to this day. In 2007, he interviewed for the head coaching job that Brown eventually won, in the process telling the Charlotte Observer that coaching the Bobcats was his "dream job."

Ewing is currently as assistant coach under Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic. Woodson was fired by the Hawks after the Magic run through Atlanta in the second round of last year's playoffs.

Silas' son Stephen is currently an assistant with the Golden State Warriors, where he has forged a special relationship with Monta Ellis.


Michael Jordan Fired Entire Bobcats Coaching Staff, According To Reports

Larry Brown resigned from the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday. With him goes his entire staff, according to FanHouse's Sam Amick. That leaves the 9-19 franchise is precarious position, and has lead to speculation about who Michael Jordan will hire to coach the team.

Amick also reports that the Bobcats expect to have Brown's replacement in place by Thursday. Charlotte doesn't play again until Monday, so the team has some time over the Christmas holiday to put a new staff together. In a release, Jordan said the search of Brown's successor will begin immediately.

Losing an entire coaching staff midseason is very unorthodox, as teams typically fire the head coach and elevate an assistant to the interim chair. That the Bobcats have gone this route indicates that Jordan expects the team to make a playoff run, not out of the question in the Eastern Conference, where a sub-.500 record could still get a team the No. 8 seed.

The Bobcats were the No. 7 seed last season, making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Charlotte was swept by the Orlando Magic in the first round.

The only coach on Brown's staff who had NBA head coaching experience was his brother, Herb Brown, who coached the Pistons for three seasons in the late 1970s.

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Larry Brown Resigns As Charlotte Bobcats Head Coach

After making the playoffs for the first time in their franchise history last season, the Charlotte Bobcats have gotten off to a horrendous 9-19 start in 2010-11. They were just on the losing end of two blowout losses; first on the road to the lowly Washington Wizards and then at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Therefore, head coach Larry Brown has decided to resign from the team, according to a letter sent by team CEO Michael Jordan to fans.

Charlotte Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan announced today that Larry Brown is stepping down as head coach of the team, effective immediately.

"I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team's performance and what we could do to improve it. We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary," Jordan said.

That makes it sound like Brown may have been fired by Jordan, but officially, the team has said that he has resigned. It remains unclear who will replace Brown on the bench, especially because the team has reportedly also fired all of Brown's assistants, according to Fanhouse's Sam AmickAmick also reports that Brown's successor will be announced tomororw.

Brown compiled an 88-104 record in two-plus seasons as the Bobcats head coach after taking over in 2008. He has 1,098 career NBA wins with nine different teams, none of which he has coached for more than four years. 

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