HoopsHype Paul Silas rumors

February 19, 2011 Updates

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

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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

February 1, 2011 Updates

But not just his body. Within the past four weeks, in particular, the rookie's learning curve has angled sharply in the opposite direction. Concerns about maturity level and commitment, familiar issues that accompanied him during his freshman season in Lexington and remained a major topic before, during and after the NBA draft, have been supplanted by a very different set of questions. Basketball questions. "He is so talented, and when I watch him, I wonder how much better he would be if he lost another 10 or 15 pounds," Charlotte coach Paul Silas said the other night. "The Kings have to love what they're seeing." Sacramento Bee

January 31, 2011 Updates

Here’s what I think first when someone asks me whether Paul Silas will be Charlotte Bobcats coach beyond this season: Paul really wants this job, but Paul doesn’t need this job. He saved his money from when he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, so he’s set up for life at 68. I think he means it when he said this is the only job he would have taken, because he didn’t want to be uprooted from his home on Lake Norman. Charlotte Observer

January 26, 2011 Updates

Part of the reason the Bobcats were so jump shot-happy earlier this season was there was no post presence to balance the floor. (Kwame) Brown has been the most-unlikely solution to that problem of late. “I’m so excited for him,’’ said coach Paul Silas. “He’s been much-maligned in this league. Now he’s playing up to his potential.’’ Charlotte Observer

January 10, 2011 Updates

The way Stephen Jackson sees it, the Charlotte Bobcats had no other choice than to fire Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown so they could shift to a more effective offensive style. Jackson said Sunday that Charlotte's miserable 9-19 start littered with blowout losses came as players resisted the demanding Brown's slowdown system. The Bobcats have gone 4-2 since under interim coach Paul Silas. "It's kind of like losing a team. Nobody wanted to play no more," Jackson said. "Everybody wanted to play a different style than we were playing. We didn't agree with what was going on. Obviously, it wasn't working, so we needed a change. We had to figure something out." ESPN.com

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