|Paul Silas is out in Charlotte. (Getty Images)|
The Charlotte Bobcats announced on Monday that head coach Paul Silas will not be retained.
Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that Paul Silas will not return as head coach and a search for his successor will begin immediately.The Bobcats just completed a league-worst 7-59 season, posting the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106). Charlotte closed the season on a 23-game losing streak. The Bobcats last won a game on Mar. 17 against the Toronto Raptors.
"I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances," Higgins said. "His basketball experience as a coach and a player speak for themselves. We have been fortunate to have someone of his character associated with this franchise and we hope he will continue to be a valuable resource to us in the future."
Earlier this month, the Bobcats confirmed that a locker room altercation involving Silas and forward Tyrus Thomas had taken place following a loss. Both Silas and Thomas were fined.
Silas was named interim head coach in Dec. 2010 by Bobcats owner Michael Jordan after the team parted ways with former head coach Larry Brown. Silas had the interim tag lifted in Feb. 2011.
At times this season, Stephen Silas, Paul's son and a Bobcats assistant, was allowed to handle head coaching duties during Bobcats games.
Silas, 68, departs with a career head coaching record of 387-488 (.442). He was 32-88 (.363) in Charlotte during his two seasons with the Bobcats.
Silas spent 16 seasons in the NBA, making two All-Star teams and winning three NBA titles. He posted career averages of 9.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists.