Hand-picked by Jordan?
Source: Bobcats to interview Silas for head coach slot
Posted: Friday April 27, 2007 7:48PM; Updated: Friday April 27, 2007 10:29PM
NEW YORK -- The Charlotte Bobcats will interview former Cleveland Cavalier coach Paul Silas next week for their vacant head coaching position, a league source tells SI.com.
Silas, who hasn't coached since 2005 after being fired by the Cavaliers, has a career coaching record of 355-400 (13-16 in the playoffs) in 10 seasons as a head coach. Since leaving Cleveland, Silas has worked as an NBA analyst on ESPN.
Charlotte has an opening after the team announced last month that head coach Bernie Bickerstaff would not be returning next season.
The 63-year old Silas would seem to be a natural fit for the Bobcats. He has a strong relationship with Bobcats Managing Member of Basketball Operations Michael Jordan.
The two have had conversations about working together in the past and Silas would bring a measure of stability to a young and still-developing Bobcats team. Silas has also coached at a number of Jordan's basketball camps throughout the years. Silas is regarded around the league as a man of integrity and would instantly command the respect of his players. He also lives in the Charlotte area and is building a home on Lake Norman.