Tag:Paul Silas
Posted on: February 15, 2011 6:49 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 11:25 am

Paul Silas to receive 1-year contract extension

Bobcats coach Paul Silas to receive one-year extension from Bobcats. Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

Apparently beating the defending champs on the fourth game in five nights on the second game of a back-to-back at home goes a long way. Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bobcats are "finalizing" a one-year contract extension with Paul Silas to coach the Bobcats through 2011-2012. Silas has helped the Cats to a 15-12 record under his watch and has brought them out of the offensive swamp they were mired in. 

At the same time, you have to wonder if Silas is a long-term answer. The Bobcats still need a substantial blow-up to start over and begin a true building process. But for a short term solution while Michael Jordan stabilizes the finances, he'll do. 
The Charlotte Obesrver reports that the Bobcats are expected to announce Silas' extension during a Wednesday press conference.
The Bobcats have called a noon press conference today where they're expected to announce a contract extension for interim head coach Paul Silas. A source confirmed Tuesday night that the team and coach had been in discussions about taking the interim tag off and giving the 67-year old Silas a contract through the 2011-12 season. Since taking over for Larry Brown on Dec. 22, Silas has led the Bobcats to a 15-13 record..

Back in December, Silas was hired after former coach Larry Brown stepped down.

Posted on: February 14, 2011 4:32 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 5:43 pm

How many points could Michael Jordan score today?

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas says that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan could score "15 to 20 points a game." Posted by Ben Golliver. michael-jordan-owner

Michael Jordan is 47 years old and hasn't played professional basketball since the 2002-2003 season. In those eight years away from the game, Jordan has been an executive for multiple teams and recently became owner of the Charlotte Bobcats.

In perhaps his biggest move as owner, Jordan parted ways with head coach Larry Brown and installed Paul Silas in his place. In return, Silas has taken to the radio airwaves to extoll Jordan's still considerable basketball talents. In an interview with ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago, transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com, Silas confirmed that Jordan has been working out with the Bobcats players and says that the Hall of Famer could still be an impact player in the NBA.
“Yeah, he comes and works out with the guys. We make him shoot before practice and he’s in the shooting lines … and he’s doing the drills with them and getting up and down the court. It’s exciting to watch him. He still has it, can shoot that thing still. Not as athletic as he once was, of course, but who is. … He’s been a huge help.”
“If he got in shape, he could probably average 15 to 20 points a game, no question. He still has the shot. If he got in shape he could probably average 20 because he can get the shot off, he can make them and he really has an uncanny knowledge of the game.”
For reference, only 21 players in the NBA currently average 20 points per game and only 66 average at least 15 points per game. Also, to be clear, if Jordan returned to play today, he would be the oldest player to ever play in the NBA. Ever. (Again for emphasis.) He would also be nearly a decade older than the current oldest active player, Boston Celtics center Shaquille O'Neal.

I'll be the first to confess that I'm a huge, huge, huge MJ honk. Greatest Of All Time. There's no debate now and there will never be a debate. With that said, unlike Silas, MJ doesn't cut my checks. 

What Silas is saying here is polite and wishful hero-making, but it's not accurate. Essentially, he's arguing that MJ could be an NBA team's No. 1 or No. 2 scorer right now against many players who are less than half of his age. That has to be impossible. No coach would turn the keys over to Jordan. (Not even Silas.) No matter how much Jordan is still revered, there's no way his hypothetical teammates would let him get that many shots if this actually played out. 

In a reasonable best case scenario, the MJ of today would be much like the Tracy McGrady of today: slowed by limited mobility and limited spring but able to be somewhat effective for a losing team in a limited role. Sure, MJ might have more tricks and better shot selection than McGrady, but nothing would be coming easy to him (no open floor transition buckets, less trips to the foul line where he made a killing, etc.). Running things through Jordan is theoretically possible, but it couldn't be a winning, sustainable strategy.

In MJ's last season he shot 44% from the field; McGrady is currently shooting 44.8% from the field. Because he's only playing 23.1 minutes per game, McGrady is currently averaging 8.1 points per game. Even if we take the mental leap that Jordan can keep up for, say, 35 minutes a night, he would still need to improve his shooting efficiency considerably to reach 15 points a game. The odds that Jordan is a better shooter now than he was seven years ago? Not very good. The odds that his body could sustain 35 minutes a night 82 times a season? Even worse.

Here's the rub: We still have to stop and think about whether Jordan could do these things. We're still not at the point - nearly a decade later - where claims such as these are instantly dismissed. Indeed, if I were a GM and you gave me the choice between Jordan and McGrady right now, I'd at least work out Jordan before I made the decision. I'd see if I could arrange a litttle one-on-one. Wouldn't you?

Put it this way: If Silas had simply said Jordan could score 8-10 points per game off the bench, would anyone raise an eyebrow?

Update: Check BusinessInsider.com for a detailed, nuanced comarpsion between Jordan and McGrady.
Posted on: January 10, 2011 1:32 pm

Stephen Jackson sounds off on Larry Brown

Posted by Royce Young

After firing Larry Brown, the Charlotte Bobcats are a respectable 4-2 under new coach Paul Silas. The team is playing faster, its young players are developing and there appears to be a little more energy and enthusiasm throughout the team.

Brown could see what was happening with the team and so could management. With the club just 9-19 after going to the playoffs last season, it was time for change. And guard Stephen Jackson, who is never shy, said Sunday the change was absolutely necessary.
It's kind of like losing a team. Nobody wanted to play no more,” Jackson said. “Everybody wanted to play a different style than we were playing. We didn’t agree with what was going on. Obviously, it wasn’t working, so we needed a change. We had to figure something out….

“We’re younger and we have to play a little faster,” Jackson said. “The makeup of the team is different and I think now with Paul (Silas) as coach the young guys have more confidence to go out there and play basketball and not worry about coming out of the game.

Basically, Jackson is trying to say without saying that Brown had to go. And I don't think anyone would disagree. Brown's management style has always been a little odd and can really wear on younger players. D.J. Augustin was having trouble playing with any confidence as he looked over his shoulder at the bench after every turnover. Tyrus Thomas couldn't ever seem to find the floor. And the best players like Jackson and Gerald Wallace just didn't seem to be all that interested.

All of those things are obvious symptoms of a coach losing a team. So like Jackson said, it kind of had to be done.

Especially when you consider at 13-21, the Bobcats are only a half game out of the eight-seed in the East. That really just speaks to how absolutely awful the lower half of the East is, but also shows that the season isn't a lost cause for this team. The Bobcats have some players and while losing Raymond Felton turned out to be a much bigger deal than anyone ever thought it would be, a little five-game winning streak or a plus-.500 month and this team is almost a lock for the postseason.

And I'm not sure they would be anywhere near this position if Brown were still in charge. A necessary move indeed.


Posted on: January 3, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 5:48 pm

Bobcats' DeSagana Diop out for year with Achilles

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Posted by Ben Golliver. desagana-diop

Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will miss the rest of the 2010-2011 NBA season after an MRI confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced on Monday.
Charlotte Bobcats center DeSagana Diop will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2010-11 season after a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) confirmed a rupture of his right Achilles tendon. Diop suffered the injury during the second quarter of Friday’s game against Golden State.
The 7-0 Diop, who was acquired by the Bobcats via trade on Jan. 16, 2009, has appeared in 552 career NBA games spread between Cleveland, New Jersey, Dallas and Charlotte. He has career averages of 2.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, while shooting .433 from the field. This season, he appeared in 16 games with averages of 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 11.3 minutes.
Diop, despite standing seven feet tall and being drafted in the lottery, isn't very good at basketball. He's played sparingly for the Bobcats this season, averaging 1.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and .9 blocks in 11.3 minutes in 16 appearances, all off the bench.

Diop is in his 10th season as a pro, and his current contract runs through the 2012-2013 season. He makes $6.5 million this season and will be paid $6.9 million next year and $7.3 million in the final year of his deal. 

The Bobcats have found themselves in a number of trade rumors this year (here, here and here), and Charlotte surely wouldn't have minded moving Diop's contract in a larger trade. Indeed, his name was brought up in recent rumored trades involving Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis and Portland Trail Blazers point guard Andre Miller

This injury news makes that trade possibility a bit more remote, although not impossible, because most teams would have traded for him as a salary number rather than as a player. 

In Diop's absence, the Bobcats and new coach Paul Silas will continue to use Nazr Mohammed and Kwame Brown in the middle.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:47 pm

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

The Charlotte Bobcats have added owner Michael Jordan's long-time friend, Charles Oakley, as an assistant coach. Posted by Ben Golliver jordan-oakley

Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley go back a long time. Before getting traded to the New York Knicks, Oakley was famously Young Jordan's basketball bodyguard, an enforcer tasked with protecting the high-flying star from nightly drubbings. The pair teamed up briefly again during Jordan's comeback with the Washington Wizards, and they've long been known for their hard-partying off-court exploits.  On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports that Jordan has tabbed Oakley as one of the assistants to join interim head coach Paul Silas, on a staff which will reportedly also include Stephen Silas and Ralph Lewis.

At first glance, this looks like an uber-rich friend doing a favor for his rich friend, but this might not be the worst idea in the world. With former head coach Larry Brown departing so quickly after making comments about problems in the locker room, it's difficult to think of a better head-cracking enforcer than Oakley. If getting young players to behave and play harder is what's needed, nobody can scare some sense into them quite like Oakley, who made his reputation as a physical rebounder on the tough-as-nails Knicks teams of the 1990s.  I always thought Oakley could wind up as the single best high school security officer of all time, and that's pretty much what he'll be asked to do with the Bobcats, so this feels like a natural fit. To be honest, I'm sitting here at my desk, 3,000 miles away from Charlotte, afraid to cross the line on any more quips, lest Oakley hunt me down. If I was sitting next to him on the bench, or having him glower at me during practices, I would be giving 100 percent, no questions asked. Surely the Bobcats will fall in line. For Oakley, the position will require that he exercise a bit more prudence in his public comments. Earlier this week, in an interview with Miami radio station WQAM, for example, he referred to TNT commentator Charles Barkley as a "***hole" and cursed repeatedly, according to a transcript posted on SportsRadioInterviews.com.  That kind of thing will get you fined right out of the league by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Charlotte isn't going anywhere anyway, so this move rates an A+ based on the potential entertainment factor alone.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:11 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm

Shootaround 12.23.10: McGrady calls out Bosh

Tracy McGrady calls out Chris Bosh, the Bobcats look to deal for a veteran point guard, Chris Webber asks questions about Brandon Roy, the Kings look to build a new home and Landry Fields continues to get a lot of love in NYC. Posted by Ben Golliver  shootaround
  • Tracy McGrady returned to Toronto Wednesday night and was booed by Raptors fans, years after he departed the city for Orlando. McGrady's response, via the Vancouver Sun. "“Keep booing me. I love it. It really doesn’t bother me at all,” said McGrady, who at one point even talked back at a heckling fan after hitting a shot. “It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh and selling out the city like the city was horrible or something, making crazy comments about the city.”
  • The Bulls destroyed the Sixers the other day, and Tom Haberstroh notes that center Joakim Noah's absence couldn't come at a better time for Chicago, given their easy schedule over the next six weeks.
  • Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin tells NBA Fanhouse he's not too thrilled about the idea of rebuilding in Yao Ming's absence. "Rebuilding is definitely not something I want to go through again," said Martin, whose contract runs through 2013 and has a combined $24 million remaining after this season. "Daryl thinks I'm an important member of this team, especially on the offensive end, for many years to come. But this being the business, you just never know." 
  • Speaking of Fields, the Knicks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, causing PostingandToasting.com to get pretty excited about life. "Landry Fields. Oh, Landry Landry Landry boy. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love when you get a hand on a rebound, helping the Knicks regain possession without ever personally securing the ball. I love when you cut baseline for easy backdoor buckets. I love when you make slick passes in transition. I love when you nail open threes, ugly as your form may be. I love when you poach passing lanes so expertly that it looks like the pass was intended for you. I love you when you bum rush the offensive glass for tip-ins. I love when you block the shots of guys who tower over you. I love when you throw outlet passes right on the money. I love when you claw over screens to draw charges. I love when you laugh, because I laugh too. I love when we sing to each other. I love when we frolic and pick wild berries together. You complete me, Landry Fields."
Posted on: December 22, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm

Jordan, Bobcats name Paul Silas interim coach

The Charlotte Bobcats have named Paul Silas as their interim head coach, replacing former head coach Larry Brown. Posted by Ben Golliverpaul-silas Earlier today, the Charlotte Bobcats and owner Michael Jordan announced that head coach Larry Brown was leaving the franchise . Shortly thereafter, we asked who might be tabbed as Brown's replacement? Within a few hours, we have our answer to that question. The Bobcats have announced that Paul Silas will step in as the team's interim coach.
Charlotte Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan today named Paul Silas interim head coach of the team, effective immediately.
In 10 seasons as an NBA head coach, Silas has a career record of 355-400 with the Clippers (1980-83), Hornets (1999-2003) and Cavaliers (2003-05)   He has also spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach for the Hornets, Knicks, Nets and Suns.
During his four-plus seasons as head coach of the Hornets, Silas compiled a 208-155 (.573) record and led the team to the playoffs in each of his four full seasons.  He remains the team’s all-time leader in coaching wins and ranks second in winning percentage.  Silas was named interim head coach of the Hornets on March 7, 1999, and led the team to a 22-13 record over the final 35 games of the 1998-99 season after replacing Dave Cowens. A 16-year NBA veteran, Silas averaged 9.4 points and 9.9 rebounds in 1,254 career games for the Hawks, Suns, Celtics, Nuggets and SuperSonics.  He was a two-time All-Star (1972 and 1975) and won three NBA Championships (1974 and 1976 with Boston and 1979 with Seattle).  Silas currently ranks 19th on the NBA’s career lists for rebounds (12,357) and games played (1,254).
As we noted earlier, Silas emerged almost immediately as the front runner. An NBA lifer and Charlotte-area resident, Silas was LeBron James' first coach in Cleveland. Back in April 2008, before Brown was hired, Silas called the Bobcats head coaching position a "dream job." Our partner in crime, CBSSports.com's NBA Blogger Matt Moore, provides a rundown of the busy day in Charlotte on video. Have a look.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:52 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm

Who will Michael Jordan pick to replace Brown?

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown has resigned and his staff has reportedly been fired. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is reportedly set topaul-silasname Brown's replacement on Thursday. Who will it be? Posted by Ben Golliver

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is obviously frustrated with the direction of his team, which is currently in fourth place in the Southeast Division with a record of 9-19. Jordan has been shopping his two co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, and earlier today we noted that Bobcats head coach Larry Brown resigned, and his entire coacing staff is reportedly departing along with him. So who will Jordan tab as Brown's replacement? Here's a look at seven possibilities, some more serious candidates than others. Paul Silas: Both Yahoo! Sports and CBSSports.com's Ken Berger report that Silas is the early favorite to take the job, and he's an NBA lifer. Silas was LeBron James's first coach in Cleveland, and was also the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.  Back in April 2008, before Brown was hired, Silas called the Bobcats head coaching position a "dream job." According to the report, he lives in North Carolina. His career coaching record is 355-400. Mike Woodson: Again, according to CBSSports.com and Yahoo!, Woodson is another strong possibility. He coached the Hawks from 2004-2010, before departing after a disappointing playoff exit last Spring. Under his guidance, the Hawks made the playoffs each of the last three seasons. His career coaching record is 206-286. Darrell Walker: The former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, Berger reports that Walker is close to Jordan. His career record as a head coach is 56-113, and he is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons. Walker played in the NBA for 11 seasons, and was briefly a teammate of Jordan's in 1992-1993 with the Chicago Bulls. Patrick Ewing: A rival of Jordan's both in college, at Georgetown and in the pros, as a Hall of Fame center for the New York Knicks, Ewing brings no head coaching experience to the table. However, he's served as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic for a number of seasons. His hiring would be quite surprising, however Jordan is known to surround himself with people he trusts, and his relationship with Ewing spans three decades. Yahoo! lists Ewing as "under consideration," while Berger says he is "in the mix." Jeff Van Gundy: Ewing's former coach, who also coached the Houston Rockets, is a regular in NBA coaching carousel chatter. Currently an analyst for ESPN. He's the brother of Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, and boasts a career record of 430-318. He's been rumored to be linked to jobs in the past, and was even rumored to be a potential replacement for Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra if their season continued to go poorly, but he hasn't coached in the NBA since 2006-2007. Mark Jackson: Another former Jordan rival on the court, Jackson is widely considered the best former player who has yet to be given an NBA head coaching job. A point guard for multiple teams, including the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, Jackson is No. 3 on the NBA's all time assists leaderboard, trailing only John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Jackson is Van Gundy's broadcasting partner on ESPN and is known for coining really annoying phrases such as, "Mama, there goes that man!" and "Hand down, man down!" He's also been linked to multiple jobs, but has never taken the bait. Mike Brown: The former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers was let go earlier this summer when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was trying to do everything possible to retain free agent forward LeBron James. He might be the most talented coach available, but is known for his slow-down style on offense. His career record is 272-138, and he won 50 or more games in four out of his five seasons in Cleveland, including 60+ wins twice. Berger says Brown is not under consideration. Who do you think should be the next coach of the Bobcats? Weigh in on Facebook right now.
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