HoopsHype Stephen Silas rumors
The Bobcats named Ralph Lewis, Charles Oakley and Stephen Silas as assistant coaches. Lewis played professionally for 10 years, including three seasons in the NBA. He was an assistant with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma Thunder from 2005 to 2009. Previously, he coached the Huntsville Flight in the NBA Development League. Charlotte Observer
Would he opt for the glass-is-half-full approach, realizing that being Paul Silas' boy would come with a few fringe benefits and a lifetime pass to the hoops library that is his father's brain? Or would he take the rebellious route, resenting the perception that always surrounds the kids of prominent figures and deciding to go it alone? As he saw it, it was hardly a tough choice. "There aren't a lot of people who have that kind of resource," said the 37-year-old Silas, a Golden State assistant coach (above left) whose father was 355-400 in 10 seasons as an NBA head coach with the San Diego Clippers, Charlotte and New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland. "But I was the coach's kid, so I just had to work and work and work to the point where that perception that I was just the coach's kid was shifted to it being just me." FanHouse.com
He orchestrated 10 pre-draft workouts in June, then ran the Warriors' Las Vegas summer league team in July as head coach while Smart and Roth (who was the final assistant to go) were assistants and Nelson was in the stands. When Nelson was heading off for his annual Hawaiian getaway that has yet to end, Silas was answering the first of two calls for help from Monta Ellis. He left his own family of four in Louisiana to stay with the sixth-year player, his wife and one-year-old boy at their seven-bedroom home in Memphis, Tenn., both times conducting a week's worth of workouts inside the full-court facility that is on Ellis' property. "He came and we did two-a-days; I'd say an hour and a half in the morning with some drills and then going harder at night," Ellis said. "We got good work in. That was big for me." FanHouse.com
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