HoopsHype Paul Silas rumors


February 6, 2012 Updates
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

January 29, 2012 Updates

An NBA executive I know says coaches in this league do their jobs at the players' permission. I think that's some of what Silas was feeling Thursday. Someone who's been through all he has is a great resource, but only to the extent players have the wisdom and drive to tap in. "You have to want to be the best possible player you can be, and you just don't see that a lot anymore," said Silas, describing the league, not just the Bobcats. "You ask guys sometimes, 'Do you want to be an All-Star?' And they say, 'Oh....maybe.' It's not ingrained in them. "When I played, being an All-Star was the best thing ever. If they'd concentrate on that, not only would they get better for themselves, but better for the team. And they don't understand that. " I've got to play better. I've got to think better. I've got to focus better, in order for the team to be better." Charlotte Observer

January 15, 2012 Updates

But the heat started to come down on Silas this past week, even before the Bobcats lost to the Knicks at the Garden, falling to 2-7. It reached the point where Jordan felt the need to convene a meeting of his top aides and his coach to reevaluate where the team stands. Sources said that in the meeting, Jordan finally admitted the obvious: The Bobcats don’t have starting-quality talent, aren’t going to win anything this season, and that Silas should not be held accountable, as long as the team plays hard and sees development from its younger players. “Michael understands where we are and what this season is all about, and that’s rebuilding,’’ said a team official. “He has a real good idea of where we stand.” New York Daily News

A day after his team’s loss in New York, Jordan continued to meet with his deputies as his team’s starters didn’t even try in a 30-point loss to the Hawks. According to the source, in his meetings, Jordan was “trying to figure out where we’re going to go from here.’’ New York Daily News

January 11, 2012 Updates

With forward Tyrus Thomas showing signs of leg fatigue, Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas chose to sit him, with hopes he'll play Thursday in Atlanta - the first of three games in three nights for the Bobcats. Thomas missed the first six games of the season with a sprained ankle. His return coincided with Corey Maggette's hamstring strain, so Silas inserted Thomas into the lineup at small forward and played him heavy minutes - an average of 29 per night. Silas said Thomas wanted to play against the Houston Rockets, but Silas vetoed that idea. "His legs are hurting him and he's very tired," Silas said. "Possibly we played him too much, too soon." Charlotte Observer

January 8, 2012 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas didn't want to talk about rebounding differential or field-goal percentage or shot selection. What troubled him so thoroughly about his team's 99-77 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday was more gutteral, more elemental. Few things mattered more to Silas as a player than toughness, and to him, toughness was non-existent among his players. "We didn't play tough. They banged us and we didn't respond. And that cannot be," Silas said. "Unless we're going to put everything out there ... " Charlotte Observer

December 7, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas says Tuesday’s meeting with free-agent center Kwame Brown went “great,’’ as the Bobcats work to re-sign him. “He was adamant about trying to come here, that he really liked what we did for him last year,’’ Silas described. “How positive we were with him, how we worked with him. He said nobody ever really worked with him as much as we did.’’ Charlotte Observer

Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said Tuesday Brown does value his experience in Charlotte. But Bartelstein also cautioned there’s a business aspect, as in looking for the most compensation as an unrestricted free agent. Bartelstein indicated Tuesday that Brown’s decision should come in the next few days. The earliest free agents can sign with teams is Friday, the first day of training camp. Charlotte Observer

July 15, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas is serious about playing guards D.J. Augustin and Kemba Walker together at times next season. To overcome the height disadvantage that would create, Silas plans to install a zone defense whenever the lockout ends and training camp begins. Silas isn't allowed to talk specifically about players during the lockout. But there was no doubt who he meant Thursday when he said, "I'm going to have two little guys out there who I really think can hopefully play together. But it's going to be hard for (either of) them to guard a 2-guard. "But they can play a zone ... out-front, I think.'' Charlotte Observer

June 29, 2011 Updates

Lloyd Pierce, whom the Warriors hired as an assistant coach in late December, will not be a part of Mark Jackson's coaching staff in 2011-12. Pierce was hired by the Warriors on Dec. 24, to replace Stephen Silas, who left the team to work with his father Paul Silas in Charlotte. During his brief tenure with Golden State, Pierce was seen primarily working out individually with Warriors players. CSNBayArea.com

June 28, 2011 Updates

The Bobcats added an assistant coach for next season on Tuesday amid concerns Charles Oakley won’t be able to return to the bench because of health issues. Coach Paul Silas announced former Golden State assistant Rob Werdann will join his staff. The former St. John’s big man who played briefly in the NBA has also been an assistant in New Orleans. “I was told they were going to add a coach and I jumped at the chance,” Werdann said. New York Post

June 22, 2011 Updates
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Wesley said he has wanted to coach since before his playing career took off, when he coached his brother’s team in a city league while he was a sophomore in high school. He said the two biggest influences guiding his coaching outlook are two very disparate personalities -- Paul Silas and Jeff Van Gundy. “I liked Paul Silas from the simple fact that he is a motivator,” Wesley said. “He is great at controlling egos and tempers, making sure everything is right and that you can function as a team. That is what he excelled at a lot. Jeff Van Gundy was more of a tactical, instinct guy. He would just say, ‘This is how it is,’ he would give you the hard truth, take it or leave it. I think you can learn a lot from personalities like that.” Sporting News

June 3, 2011 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas is glad his front office is investigating ways to move up in the June 23 NBA draft. Still, Silas has misgivings about converting picks Nos. 9 and 19 into one higher pick unless they're sure that one player would have big impact. "We've talked about moving up. My point is that if we do move up, that guy has to be a star kind of player," Silas said following the Bobcats' first pre-draft workout Thursday. "I think we'll get two real quality players here, to build on what we've established already." Charlotte Observer

Morehead State's Kenneth Faried collected more rebounds (1,673) than any college player since 1973. That doesn't change the fact that his college listed him at 6-foot-6, and 6-6 is not what the NBA covets in a power forward. "It's not going to be an easy thing," said Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas, after auditioning Faried Thursday. "He's only 6-71/2, supposedly. He's a great rebounder. Not a great shooter, but a defender. "I've watched tape on him. He plays very, very well, but a guy like him you would rather see at the 3 than the 4. We'll have to see how it goes. "There are a lot of those 'tweeners" in this draft. Charlotte Observer

May 11, 2011 Updates

Today's news of Robert "Tractor" Traylor's death pained Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas. "It's just a shock and hard to believe," said Silas in an interview this afternoon with Starting Blocks. Silas coached Traylor in Charlotte, New Orleans and with the Cavaliers. "He was one of my special players that I really admired," Silas said. "We just texted each other about two weeks ago. I remember once how he stepped up for me in Cleveland when he told the other players they were wrong in the way they were going at me. It was a blessing to know him, to be around him and to be a close friend." Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 10, 2011 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats announced Monday they're sending coach Paul Silas to the draft lottery the night of May 17 in New Jersey. In announcing that, the team mentioned that Silas represented the then-Charlotte Hornets in 1999 when they jumped from the 13th pick to the third (allowing them to draft Baron Davis). Charlotte Observer

April 7, 2011 Updates

Charles Oakley, one of the NBA's all-time tough guys, doesn't want to talk about his excruciating back pain. "I'm good," the Charlotte Bobcats assistant said recently before brushing off further questions. Yet one quick look at Oakley shows he's not. He hasn't returned to the bench since having to be carried from the court before a game in San Antonio last month with a sciatic nerve problem that's made it difficult to walk. "He's not doing too good right now," Bobcats coach Paul Silas said Thursday. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The 47-year-old Oakley is the latest example of an NBA coach walking the fine line of teaching from the sidelines and hands-on instruction. There's plenty of other harsh examples, ranging from Patrick Ewing's broken foot to Nate McMillan's ruptured Achilles' tendon to the sight of Bobcats owner Michael Jordan icing both knees after practicing with his team. "It catches up with you. I've been through that. You forget," said Golden State coach Keith Smart, who when he was an assistant regularly banged with players. "It gets to the point where your body tells you that can't do it anymore but your mind tells you that you can. So you start having the pains players are having, but you're older." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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