Bobcats: Coach Paul Silas not returning next year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Paul Silas is out as Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas after the worst season in NBA history.
Team spokesman Josh Rosen confirmed the decision Monday. Silas just completed the final year of his contract.
A news conference was called for 3:45 p.m. EDT.
Charlotte finished 7-59 for the worst winning percentage in league history (.106).
The 68-year-old Silas told The Associated Press late in the year he wanted to "see things through'' and coach one more season.
It's unclear who'll replace Silas, who leaves with a 32-88 record at Charlotte.
Silas was in a difficult situation heading into the season with a young and inexperienced team, plus a shortened offseason that limited practice time. Injuries to Corey Maggette, D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson did not help.
Late in the season, Silas was involved in an altercation with forward Tyrus Thomas, shoving him in the locker room following a loss. The two had gotten into an argument and had to be separated.
Players tried to rally to his defense after the season to save his job, but to no avail.
"I think Paul did the best he could with the guys he had on the floor,'' Maggette said Friday. "We went through a year where night after night guys were going down with injuries and you're shooting under 30 percent from the field. You just can't win any games that way. That's tough. So hopefully they give him an opportunity to show what type of a coach he is and what he can bring to the table here.''
The Bobcats were last in the league in scoring and shooting percentage and lost 22 games by 20 or more points.
After the season Silas said of his future: "When you have guys that are out, you want the guys that are in to do a good job, but it's really hard. You have to look at yourself and say, `We still have a chance, we're still going to get it done,' but in reality the guys that were second-stringers became our starters. Then the guys that were third string become our second string, so it's tough.''
Silas entered the season with a career coaching mark of 380-429 and a 13-16 mark in the playoffs. He previously coached the San Diego Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers.
It was unclear what the decision means for his son, assistant coach Stephen Silas, whom Paul had been grooming for the job.
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