HoopsHype Paul Silas rumors

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

February 19, 2011 Updates

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has already gone on record saying that he would be interested in luring Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson out of retirement and bring him to the Big D if the opportunity presented itself. But what would Jackson say if his former player and current owner of the Bobcats, Michael Jordan, called him up in the future to take over on the sidelines in Charlotte? "We'd have a really interesting conversation; it wouldn't be about coaching though," Jackson said after Lakers shootaround Monday. "[It would be about] how he's doing, his life, his golf game, his kids." ESPN.com

Besides, Jackson believes that interim head coach Paul Silas, who took over for Larry Brown on Dec. 22, is the man for the job. "I don't think he wants me," Jackson said of Jordan, while ironically wearing a Jordan Brand zip-up sweatshirt. "Plus, he's got a coach who's a mature, veteran coach right now and he's a good guy." Jackson was asked during pregame availability before Monday's game against the Bobcats if he would consider being involved with the Bobcats in some capacity, perhaps as a consultant. "I haven't thought about that," said Jackson, who usually spends 20-30 minutes visiting with Jordan at the Time Warner Cable Arena whenever the Lakers come to town. "It doesn't strike me offhand as something that I'd readily do." ESPN.com

February 17, 2011 Updates

With the Bobcats, it’s a different story. New coach Paul Silas says Jordan is one of the best owners he could work for. After being criticized for not being involved while in the Wizards’ front office, he has evolved into a strong hands-on owner. “He comes to just about all our practices,” Silas said. “He works out with us. He shares his knowledge with our players, and he sits on the bench with us during games. “Sometimes, he’ll even give players some advice during the game or make suggestions to me. But he lets me coach, and his sitting with us is a positive influence for our players to play hard all the time, like he did.” Chicago Sun-Times

February 16, 2011 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats have removed the interim tag from coach Paul Silas, giving him a one-year extension that will keep him with the team at least through the 2011-12 season. NBA.com

February 15, 2011 Updates
February 14, 2011 Updates

Back in late December, rumors of deal that would have sent Los Angeles Clippers point guard Baron Davis to the Bobcats was shot down in some quarters because Charlotte coach Paul Silas supposedly did not like coaching Baron Davis during their time together with the Hornets, from 1999-2003. That, however, was news to Silas. “Baron was great, except for his first year, I had him on the bench, and he never lets me forget that,” Silas said. “He stayed on for about three weeks after that season and worked on his shot, and he promised me he was going to start the next year, and he did. He went on from there -- the All-Star team and all of that. Baron is just a tremendous man and a tremendous athlete.” Sporting News

By the same token, Davis seems to have as much appreciation for Silas as any coach he’s had -- and he scoffed at the notion that the two did not get along. “I saw that,” Davis told Sporting News. “I don’t know where that came from. A lot of times, people have their own opinion. But if you talk to coach Silas or you talk to me, there has never been that problem, ever. Ever. We used to go at it, because I was a rookie point guard, second -year point guard and he was on me. He made me tough, he made me tough the way that, you see with Rondo and the veterans around him, they made him tough. Coach and me would go at it and, after the game, he would kick my butt and I’d take it and grow as a player. But I loved playing for coach Silas.” Sporting News

Paul Silas joined ESPN Radio 1000 in Chicago with Waddle and Silvy to discuss Michael Jordan practicing with his Charlotte Bobcats team, how Jordan would fare if he attempted a comeback today, the leadership of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose and Jerry Sloan’s exit in Utah. On Michael Jordan practicing with the Bobcats: “Yeah, he comes and works out with the guys. We make him shoot before practice and he’s in the shooting lines … and he’s doing the drills with them and getting up and down the court. It’s exciting to watch him. He still has it, can shoot that thing still. Not as athletic as he once was, of course, but who is. … He’s been a huge help.” Sports Radio Interviews

If he decided to get in shape and play at 48 years old, how many points per game would he average: “If he got in shape, he could probably average 15 to 20 points a game, no question. He still has the shot. If he got in shape he could probably average 20 because he can get the shot off, he can make them and he really has an uncanny knowledge of the game.” Sports Radio Interviews

Paul Silas on On Jerry Sloan’s exit in Utah: “You’ve got to realize what our league is really about now and it is a player’s league. Once you get into a thing with a player, and they have to make a decision, very rarely are they going to make a decision in favor of the coach. Now, they say that didn’t happen, and that’s a distinct possibility, but Jerry Sloan was one of the all-time great coaches. … I just think he felt the time was right for him to step down and I have to commend him for that.” Sports Radio Interviews

February 11, 2011 Updates

Give him some time to get in shape and Michael Jordan could average 20 points a game in today's NBA, Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas said. A day after watching Jordan -- a Hall of Famer and Bobcats owner who turns 48 next week -- play in a full-court scrimmage with his team, Silas said his boss has still got it. "If he got in shape he could probably average about 15 to 20 points a game, no question, because he still has the shot," Silas said Friday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "If he got in shape, he would probably average 20 because he can get the shot off, he can make them, and he has just an uncanny knowledge of the game. ESPN.com

February 7, 2011 Updates

An exasperated coach Paul Silas said Sunday all he can do is take his top scorer out of the game when he starts mouthing off. And as (Stephen) Jackson keeps piling up the technical fouls, he's losing not only significant money, he's also approaching an automatic one-game suspension. But for Jackson, it's about right and wrong, fairness and not losing his emotional edge. Don't expect a calmer Captain Jack anytime soon. "No, I get techs because I want to. I don't care," Jackson said Sunday. "I'm not getting techs for no reason. It happens." NBA.com

February 6, 2011 Updates

An exasperated coach Paul Silas said Sunday all he can do is take his top scorer out of the game when he starts mouthing off. And as Jackson keeps piling up the technical fouls, he's losing not only significant money, he's also approaching an automatic one-game suspension. But for (Stephen) Jackson, it's about right and wrong, fairness and not losing his emotional edge. Don't expect a calmer Captain Jack anytime soon. "No, I get techs because I want to. I don't care," Jackson said Sunday. "I'm not getting techs for no reason. It happens." NBA.com

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