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Paul Silas out as Bobcats coach. Is that really a surprise?

Apr 30, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

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After leading a Bobcats team to the worst winning percentage in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats announced they are not bringing back coach Paul Silas, team president Rod Higgens said.

Yes, real shocker there.

Charlotte went 7-59 under Silas last season, and while he certainly deserves some blame the fact is that  owner Michael Jordan could have brought John Wooden back from the dead and had Phil Jackson as his assistant and this team would not have won many games. The Bobcats moved guys like Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace and Tyson Chandler off the roster in recent years and went into this season counting on Corey Maggette and Boris Diaw to give them key minutes. Maggette was hurt much of the season and Diaw was out of shape and a waste. The result was hoping rookies Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo could carry the team. They couldn’t.

The next question — who can they get to coach this team? This is a small market with an owner in Michael Jordan that is not going to really spend, plus this is a terrible roster. Someone may take it as a first job, but veteran coaches will be hesitant.

Good luck Jordan.

  1. cullenand99 - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    I, for one, am flabbergasted.

  2. rajbais - Apr 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    MJ set him up for failure!!!

    Trust me because he was good with the Hornets. He did improve the Cavs, but the GM whose firing was six years overdue, Jim Paxson, hurt Silas’ peak and playoff chances in 2005 after acquiring Jiri Welsch (a guy no cared about or heard of because the first thought is “who the hell is Jiri Welsch????”) for a 1st Round pick!!!

    Adding players can “fix things that aren’t broken” and Paxson did that in 2005 and threw Silas under the bus before the season ended!!!

    You can’t just add bodies; add proper team fits based on your team’s flow during the game!!!!

    Larry Brown equated MJ’s failing advisors to spies!!! At least spies know what to look for because these advisors and MJ are more like clueless control freaks!!!!

  3. rayburns - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Well, you can’t fire the players, and we know MJ won’t fire himself, so something had to be done to show that this sort of disaster isn’t going to be tolerated….

    The more I look at the NBA, the more that I think there needs to be some sort of way to protect teams from bad ownership and upper-level management. Cities which would support their teams in a heartbeat are given the short end of the stick and either have to suffer through year after year of ineptitude, or watch their teams pack up and move to another city.

  4. raidmagic - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    He was heard to reply “Thank God” when they told him he wouldn’t be retained.

  5. lakerluver - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Who would wanna coach for MJ? Dude makes Donald Sterling look like Dr. Jerry Buss!!

  6. lew24 - Apr 30, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    “Hey Paul, See you next Tuesday!”

    Signed,

    Carlos Boozer

    I like Paul Silas. You got to love a guy who is willing to challenge his players to fights and calls other players names. He is a hard nose guy, it’s just too bad that he has not had more success as a coach!

  7. progress2011 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    Silas falling on the sword for the team. I don’t think anyone that watched a wizards game, would ever place blame on coaching.

    The team has a group of D- league players and a few tall dudes they picked up at the corner store and call that assemblage, an NBA team !!!

    Totally Bogus .

    Good luck to Silas, where ever he lands. Maybe he will get off the sideline and get a GM spot somewhere. He has earned it, after enduring this team and ownership.

  8. paintman34 - Apr 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    kemba is gonna be special

  9. jordanaires - Apr 30, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    I think it says “Abandon hope all ye who enter” outside the head coach’s office.

  10. storebrandcookies - May 1, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Paul Silas is a good coach that always showed a positive attitude during a tough stretch. He deserved better than what his players put on the court.

    I hope he gets another oppurtunity at head coaching in the future. Hopefully with a team that has talent.

  11. ncarolinarn7 - May 1, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    I am a Carolina Blue Blood 50 + years. Having said that I love and have watched, played, and studied a lot of basketball. I used to go to the Carolina Cougar games. I went to the first Hornet game against Cleveland Pro basketball belongs in the state. I am not sure MJ does in an owner capacity. It appears that the team payments are too tight on owner Jordon and he can’t afford invest in talented players or recognize them even at the owner level. He needs a mentor to teach him the ropes like Mitch Kupchek, Jerry West, or the like. The shine on his glory days dims due to his days as a GM And Owner. The fans suffer while you cut your teeth. Best to you Michael. I’ll die in NC so we’ll see how you learn the office skills.

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