HoopsHype Paul Silas rumors

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
June 11, 2011 Updates

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

According to an eye witness at courtside, Howard was standing next to Bobcats center Kwame Brown when he shouted to Charlotte’s coaches, “Hey, wouldn’t I look great here next to Kwame? Twin Towers – Kwame and me.’’ Having heard this I got Bobcats coach Paul Silas aside after the game to confirm this happened. Before I could finish my question, Silas gave me a familiar grin and started laughing almost conspiratorially. Charlotte Observer

March 23, 2011 Updates

Paul Silas On Oakley, who suffered back spasms so severe Saturday in San Antonio he had to be carried off the court and then taken from the arena in a wheelchair. “He’s still hurting. They’re going to give him some pills for the pain. He hopes in a couple of days to be walking around and back at practice.’’ Charlotte Observer

March 7, 2011 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats are shutting down leading scorer Stephen Jackson however long it takes to heal his strained left hamstring. Jackson had to leave his second straight game with the injury, and said after a 92-84 loss that he agrees it’s time to stop playing. “I was wrestling with (Ron) Artest and felt the sharpest pain yet,’’ Jackson said of a play early in the second half. “That scared me a little bit.’’ Told that coach Paul Silas plans to sit him as long as it takes to heal, Jackson replied, “I kind of feel that way, too.’’ Charlotte Observer

February 24, 2011 Updates

I just got back to Charlotte and had a brief phone conversation with Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas. Silas confirmed what the NBA has not yet made official – that the Bobcats are trading Gerald Wallace to Portland, essentially for an expiring contract (center Joel Przybilla) and draft picks. You’ll note that Silas said at practice Thursday that the Bobcats weren’t making any trades and that was his preference. “There’s nothing going on. We’re not going to do anything,’’ Silas said late-morning. “I’m fine with that.’’ Charlotte Observer

Bobcats coach Paul Silas said this morning that the team won't make a trade by this afternoon's 3 p.m. deadline. "There's nothing going on, we're not going to do anything," Silas said after practice. "I'm fine with it." There were reports Wednesday that the Bobcats would send small forward Gerald Wallace to Portland for 7-1 center Joel Przybilla. "What was reported what we were going to get back, it didn't make sense," Silas said. Charlotte Observer

February 22, 2011 Updates

Since taking charge of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006, Michael Jordan has made 13 trades involving 35 players. Yet while half the roster is seemingly mentioned in various trade reports, coach Paul Silas doesn’t anticipate another major move before Thursday’s trade deadline. “It doesn’t seem like it,” Silas said Monday night. “There’s been talk, there’s always talk, but if you give up something you’ve got to get something. That’s a major problem. People want to take what you have and give you nothing back. So that’s not going to happen. We’ll keep what we have and go with it.” Yahoo! Sports

February 20, 2011 Updates

This All-Star berth only serves to validate Rambis' theory and bring a smile to the faces of old-school mavens such as Paul Silas, who think that today's game is too much style and not enough substance. "You just don't see that today; that's what's remarkable about it and is so gratifying to me that there is a guy that is kind of old school,'' said Silas, the Charlotte Bobcats coach. "Rebounding is important. Everybody today is about scoring and that kind of thing. But rebounding is something unusual.'' Silas made two All-Star games in his 16-year playing career, but the annual showcase has become more about glitz and glamour than ever, leading some to wonder if there is a place for Love's no-frills type of game in the event. "He rebounds, and he's scoring,'' Silas said. "His double-doubles are like off the charts. I certainly think if they can start looking at that and getting a guy like him in the All-Star game, then more guys will opt to do that.'' SI.com

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