HoopsHype Paul Silas rumors

April 18, 2012 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved 6-foot-10 forward Tyrus Thomas after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Several players intervened immediately and separated the coach and player, and no punches were thrown, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

“Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,” one source said. “That’s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’re going to be buddy-buddy as they’re beating your ass too?” Yahoo! Sports

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Former Clippers coach Kim Hughes: "I would put my intelligence up with anyone. I’m willing to take an IQ test." Hughes was responding to Charlotte's Paul Silas saying big guys aren't perceived as being smart when it comes to hiring NBA head coaches. Sulia

March 29, 2012 Updates

The NBA wants to know in advance which Silas is the Charlotte Bobcats’ head coach for any single game. Coach Paul Silas told me at shoot-around this morning that the league has asked the Bobcats for a heads-up whenever lead assistant Stephen Silas is taking over the team for a game. With the front office’s blessing, Paul Silas is having his son coach about once a week the rest of the season as a training exercise. Charlotte Observer

The likely next game Stephen Silas will coach is Saturday, on the road against the Detroit Pistons. It makes sense that the league office wants to inform that night’s officiating crew in advance that Stephen Silas is in charge. Referees give head coaches more latitude – to stand throughout the game, to argue calls, to ask for interpretations – than they do assistants. So it makes sense for refs to know how to delineate between Paul’s and Stephen’s roles. Charlotte Observer

March 21, 2012 Updates

Diaw played only twice in his last eight games with the Bobcats and has had a strained relationship with coach Paul Silas, who was quite critical of his effort. Silas described his frustration with Diaw on March 7 before a home loss to the Utah Jazz. “I like a player who is really committed to not only the team but to himself and then doing the best he can as a player,’’ Silas said. “Some of the things that would go on, like not shooting the ball, passing all of the time’’ were unacceptable. “I needed hoops and he could put the ball in the hoop. When that wouldn’t happen it was very disturbing. I think if he had played all out, the way he should have, it would have been a much, much better club.” Charlotte Observer

March 8, 2012 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats didn't activate forward Boris Diaw for Wednesday's game against the Utah Jazz, and based on the tone of coach Paul Silas' comments, Diaw might never play here again. "I think if he had played all out, the way he should have, it would have been a much, much better club," Silas said, when asked why Diaw has fallen out of the rotation entirely. Charlotte Observer

"I like a player who is really committed to not only the team but to himself and then doing the best he can as a player," Silas said. "Some of the things that would go on, like not shooting the ball (and) passing all of the time... I needed hoops and he could put the ball in the hoop. When that wouldn't happen it was very disturbing." Asked if Diaw would ever play again for the Bobcats, Silas replied, "We just have to wait and see." Charlotte Observer

March 4, 2012 Updates

Q: Describe your first NBA coach with the Charlotte Hornets, Paul Silas. A: I just thought that I was gonna just take the NBA by storm, and he was just like, “Nope.” (Laugh). I remember times that I would be dribbling up the court, and he’d be yelling at me, and I’d be yelling back at him (laugh), and then, the next day at practice, I’d be pouting, and he was like, “Oh, you mad, you mad at me? Come here, give me a hug.” He was really teaching me how to lead those veteran guys. New York Post

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February 6, 2012 Updates

But lately the losing has become even more gruesome, with the worst loss in franchise history after getting destroyed by the Blazers in Portland. Are you guys behind coach Paul Silas? Bismack Biyombo: Yes, we believe in Silas. We have some injured players, although that is not a excuse. It's a very difficult situation. It's complicated to say that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow we will win. He always says that the most difficult thing is winning. He's been there, he knows how it is to be in a winning situation. Although we have injuries, we must stay optimistic, keep working. Yes, we have lost some games by a lot of points but it doesn't mean we don't care. We lose, we practice the next day and we do our best. Personally I'm impressed about how hard we're practicing. It's true that is frustrating that we're losing, but with our effort I'm sure we will win again. HoopsHype

February 2, 2012 Updates

Poor Silas was sullen, slumped on a chair looking like a man who knew he was about to be convicted for a crime he did not commit. "I would say this," Silas began, slowly embarking on the type of mental game that coaches of basement-dwelling teams must play in order to grind through the motions. "You take three top players off of anyone's team, and they're not going to do well. And that's the only way I look at it. I don't have a full squad. If I had a full squad and we were losing this way, it would be awful." Blazers Edge

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