Paul Silas

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Paul Silas
Paul Silas 1977 press photo by Seattle SuperSonics.jpg
Paul Silas in 1977 with the Seattle SuperSonics.
Personal information
Born (1943-07-12) July 12, 1943 (age 70)
Prescott, Arizona
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school McClymonds (Oakland, California)
College Creighton (1961–1964)
NBA draft 1964 / Round: 2 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Pro playing career 1964–1980
Position Power forward / Small forward
Number 29, 12, 35, 36
Coaching career 1980–present
Career history
As player:
19641969 St. Louis / Atlanta Hawks
19691972 Phoenix Suns
19721976 Boston Celtics
1976–1977 Denver Nuggets
19771980 Seattle SuperSonics
As coach:
19801983 San Diego Clippers
19982003 Charlotte / New Orleans Hornets
20032005 Cleveland Cavaliers
20102012 Charlotte Bobcats
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points 11,782 (9.4 ppg)
Rebounds 12,357 (9.9 rpg)
Assists 2,572 (2.1 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Paul Theron Silas (born July 12, 1943) is a retired American professional basketball player and former NBA head coach. He attended Creighton University, where he set an NCAA record for the most rebounds in three seasons and averaged 20.6 rebounds per game in 1963. In the NBA, Silas collected more than 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds during his distinguished 16 year career, played in two All-Star games, and won three championship rings (two with the Boston Celtics in 1974 and 1976, and one with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979). He was named to the All-NBA Defensive First Team twice, and to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team three times.

He was head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers until March 21, 2005. Prior to his job with the Cavaliers, he coached the San Diego Clippers and Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets.

He worked for ESPN, although in April 2007 he interviewed for the vacant head coaching position with the Charlotte Bobcats which was eventually filled by Sam Vincent. Upon the firing of Sam Vincent in April 2008, he stated that coaching the Bobcats would be a "dream job."[1] On December 22, 2010, Paul Silas was named interim head coach of the Bobcats, replacing the outgoing coach Larry Brown.[2] On February 16, 2011, the Bobcats removed his interim status.[3] On April 30, 2012, the Bobcats announced that Silas would not return to the Bobcats for the 2012–2013 season.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win-loss %
Post season PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win-loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
SDC 1980–81 82 36 46 .439 5th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
SDC 1981–82 82 17 65 .207 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
SDC 1982–83 82 25 57 .305 6th in Pacific Missed Playoffs
CHH 1998–99 35 22 13 .629 5th in Central Missed Playoffs
CHH 1999–00 82 49 33 .598 2nd in Central 4 1 3 .250 Lost in First Round
CHH 2000–01 82 46 36 .561 3rd in Central 10 6 4 .600 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
CHH 2001–02 82 44 38 .537 2nd in Central 9 4 5 .444 Lost in Conf. Semifinals
NOH 2002–03 82 47 35 .573 3rd in Central 6 2 4 .333 Lost in First Round
CLE 2003–04 82 35 47 .427 5th in Central Missed Playoffs
CLE 2004–05 64 34 30 .531 (fired)
CHA 2010–11 54 25 29 .463 4th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
CHA 2011–12 66 7 59 .106 5th in Southeast Missed Playoffs
Career 875 387 488 .442 29 13 16 .448

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silas says coaching Bobcats is a 'dream job' - Sports Rumors - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
  2. ^ "Charlotte Bobcats name Paul Silas interim head coach". sportspagemagazine.com. Retrieved 2010-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Bobcats elevate Paul Silas to coach". ESPN.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. February 16, 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Paul Silas will not return as Bobcats head coach". CharlotteBobcats.com. NBA.com. April 30, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 

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