Bobcats lead assistant Stephen Silas got some hands-on training Friday. He'd coached the Bobcats before when his father, head coach Paul Silas, was ejected. But this time he'd be in charge from the start.
Two hours before game time against the Nets, Paul told Stephen he was in charge, similar to how Don Nelson would occasionally have Keith Smart coach the Golden State Warriors. Paul Silas had cleared that in advance with the front office. Silas hopes his son will eventually succeed him as head coach.
The results didn't change for a 5-33 team; the Bobcats shot poorly (35 percent from the field and 57 percent from the foul line) and lost to the Nets 83-74.
But this doesn't figure to be the last time Stephen Silas coaches this season, with 28 games left on the schedule.
"It was a surprise for me, but I'm ready for it," Stephen Silas said post-game. "It was fun, challenging, of course. But when you prepare as much as I do, it's gratifying to get to do it."
The Bobcats start a four-game road trip Saturday at Oklahoma City.
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