Silas is out. Who’s coming in? 3-on-3 style (4 opinions) « Queen City Hoops

Silas is out. Who’s coming in? 3-on-3 style (4 opinions)

The Bobcats front office announced yesterday that Paul Silas would not return as head coach of the team next season. Although Silas will no longer be the coach of the team, he has been promised a position with the franchise moving forward. The early speculation is that Silas will somehow be involved with player development and the front office, to some extent.

“I hope I can be part of making some decisions,” said Silas.

As far as to how Silas took the news when he found out Charlotte would not be bringing him back as coach next season.

“I’m okay with it.”

Paul silas also commented in his press conference yesterday that he was officially done coaching in the NBA. Silas started coaching in the NBA in 1980 with the San Diego Clippers. Over the span of 32 years Silas has coached five different NBA teams (San Diego Clippers, Charlotte Hornets, New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers & Charlotte Bobcats).

Silas compiled an overall record of 32-88 while at the helm in Charlotte, but clearly never was dealt the hand that leads towards success. At the trade deadline last season and with the Bobcats in the middle of a push for the 8th spot in the eastern conference playoffs, Charlotte dealt their best player, Gerald Wallace, to Portland. The franchise made the statement with that move that they were looking towards the future and Silas was destined for a seriously uphill climb in order to make this team competitive.

Paul Silas clearly understands the direction of this franchise now and definitely understood last season what was going on when Charlotte got rid of Wallace and Jackson. He also knows that the fan base will have to be patient during this rebuilding process.

“It takes time to rebuild. They’ve (fans) got to understand that,” commented Silas.

Rich Cho and the Bobcats now must look towards the future and try to forget what was statistically the worst season ever for an NBA franchise. Cho did not give a timeline as to when the next coach would be named, but did say that the search would begin ‘immediately’.

As for coaches that don’t currently have a head coaching position in the NBA, names such as Mike D’Antoni, Nate McMillian and Patrick Ewing have been rumored. Stephen Silas, Paul’s son and assistant for the Bobcats the past two seasons will also be interviewed for the job.

Spencer Percy, Mathew Lewis, Timothy Varner (48 Minutes of Hell) and Ian Levy (Hickory High) weigh in on what this all means for the Bobcats and what to expect moving forward.

3-on-3 TrueHoop Network1- Paul Silas expressed that he wanted to “see it through” and coach one more year in Charlotte. Did management make the correct decision in letting him go?

Spencer Percy: No question about it. Paul Silas is a good coach and an extremely likeable person, but you just can’t move on with a coach that engineered a 7-59 record. Regardless of how bad the roster was. On the flip side, I am very happy that the front office is going to keep Silas involved with the organization to some extent.

Mathew Lewis: Yes. Perception. Re-branding. Whatever reason you want to pick, Bobcats management had to make this call. By no measure was this historically horrific season due in any large part to Silas, but in the NBA you can’t fire the players and management is not going to fire itself so it’s Silas who takes the fall.

Timothy Varner (48 Minutes of Hell): Of course they did. The Bobcats continued to lose, even after hitting their desired lose mark. Rich Cho did the right thing by taking the long view with the Bobcats, but Silas is clearly the friendly fire of this little experiment. Silas is 68, lost his team, and the only thing anyone—whether present or future players— will associate with him is a historically low loss totals.

Ian Levy (Hickory High): I’ll admit to missing more than handful of the Bobcats’ games this season. Everytime I did tune in, I was struck by not just the talent deficit they were working with, but how scattered their execution was and what an inconsistent effort they brought. That half-of the losing equation was squarely on Silas’ shoulders. Failing so miserably in that department makes it hard to believe in a guy.

2- Favorite Paul Silas moment in his tenure with the Bobcats?

Spencer: It was without a doubt the shoving incident with Tyrus Thomas. What Bobcats fan hasn’t grown extremely frustrated with Tyrus this season? I think many in Charlotte probably felt justified by the fact that Tyrus what put into his place by Silas. Look, coach Silas has as much patience as anyone, and that was evident with this season. But he was tired of Tyrus’ attitude, on top of the fact that he was making more bonehead plays on the the court than a high school freshman.

When Silas was hired and he said he intended to make this an up-tempo style team I was really excited, so that would have been my favorite moment, but that never came remotely close to being a reality.

Mathew: Good question. Let’s be honest, his tenure as coach came and went without a long list of tangible accomplishments. However, I think some of his best moments undoubtedly came in practice and team huddles as he attempted to mold this young squad into a competitor. Many of these “moments”, though not known to us, should hopefully bear fruit in seasons to come when the Bobcats are under the tutelage of another coach.

Timothy: I’m not sure if it could be described as a “favorite” moment, but the Tyrus Thomas incident is a window into how much frustration existed in the locker room, and a good picture of the tension that exists between a player and coach in a bad situation.

Ian: I’m not sure if this is a joke or not. I guess it would have to be letting my imagination run wild, visualizing the reported shoving match between him and Tyrus Thomas. I bear Thomas no ill will, but love the image of the grizzled Silas showing him what used to be allowed in the paint during his era.

3- What current unemployed/rumored coach would be the best fit for the rebuilding  job in Charlotte?

Spencer: Nate McMillian. He is tough on his players and expects a lot from them. McMillian is also a demanding defensive coach. Now, with that being said, a roster that includes Anthony Davis (hopefully) and Bismack Biyombo as it’s front line would beg to be a defensive minded club. This roster is also full of guys that can be grinded on a bit. Not too many ego’s to deal with yet, so they’ll listen to what coach has to say. To me, McMillian would be the right fit.

Thanks to Timothy, I’ve also learned quite a bit about Mike Budenholzer lately and see him being a great fit for this rebuilding process. I don’t think you can go wrong with a fruit from the Popovich tree.

Mathew: Personally, I would like a young, up-and-coming coach to take over on the sidelines, much like the direction the Bulls and Thunder went with Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks. I strongly believe a team needs to mirror the character and persona of its coach. That being said, I think the Bobcats would be best served to bring in a coach who feels he has something to prove, not unlike the entirety of this Bobcats roster.

Timothy: Nate McMillian is rumored, but I like Mike Budenholzer for several reasons. He’s been with the Spurs since 1994, and he’s been Gregg Popovich’s most trusted assistant for the past several seasons. Budenholzer understands the constraints of a small market, how to set a winning culture, and, most importantly, how to develop players, whether superstar draft picks like Tim Duncan or rotation fillers like Danny Green. And, interestingly, he’s now been the top assistant for one of the best defensive and offensive teams of the last decade. It’s not a bad system to inherit.

Ian: There will be plenty of options but I’m partial to Mike Budenholzer and Quin Snyder. Budenholzer has been the Spurs’ top assistant since 2008, and by Gregg Popovich’s side for his entire tenure. He reportedly has the chops in terms of tactical guile and personnel management. Snyder also brings a reputation as a heavy-hitter in the player development department. As head coach for the NBDL’s Austin Toros for three seasons, he presided over more call-ups than any other coach in D-League history. The Bobcats need to acquire young talent, but they also need that talent molded. If I was Michael Jordan, these two would be at the top of my list.


10 comments to Silas is out. Who’s coming in? 3-on-3 style (4 opinions)

  • Joshua P

    I agree with the Mike Budenholzer coach sounds like a good player developer/coach……

  • Edmond

    Although I dont know much more than about the spurs than the next fan ( rooting for them with Stephen Jackson though ), I think their top assistant coach sounds like a good idea. Popovich is the best coach in basketball and has been in the discussion as the best for the past several years, and taking his top assistant would definitely be a good step In the right direction for our franchise. Taking him as a rookie head coach seems like a solid idea too, with how Chicago and Oklahoma city have succeeded with the same idea and also with a young team. Bottom line.. I hope MJ makes the right decision regarding a head coach this time, but anything would be better than Paul Silas.

  • tom

    Nate McMillian,no one else.

  • tom

    Nate McMillian has been a winning,playoff coach. Also,he is great teaching young players the game.

  • brick

    YES, mike budenholzer would be great, nate mcmillin not bad either. but god not QUIN SNYDER? are you drunk? he is a TERRIBLE coach. Quinn snyder=the next sam vincent. if we hire him we deserve to have our team moved to seattle.

  • Landon

    Stephen Silas

  • Benny

    I suspect Mike Budenholzer will have his pick of open jobs should he decide to leave San Antonio. Charlotte might not be top on his list considering he should be able to go anywhere. Brick – not sure where you are getting your info, but based on strictly the numbers, looks like Quin Snyder is a really good coach. Best coach in the NBA d-league for a three year stretch with the Spurs endorsement and a Coach of the Year award. He may (or may not)need more experience in the NBA proper before getting a head job given customs, but my guess is he will be among the best one day. What about Chuck Person at Lakers?

  • Edmond

    How bad of a choice would Stan Van Gundy be at this point? What’s the latest news regarding our head coaching vacancy?

  • S.D.S

    Stan is the best option as of right now, everyone thinks he is a great coach, his team looked better without howard than with, i think 1 that states how good of a coach he is, and two how overrated howard is as a player
    howard is an athletic freak at center with a very poor post game, he has an okay hook and really that is it, he would be crap against any true center of the 90s, ewing, O’neal, olajuwan etc….Stan Van Gundy is better then mcmillan and better proven, the only problem is that his style of coaching does not go at all with our current team, he loves 3 pt shooters, we have a total of 2, Williams, who was crap last year at the 3, mainly due to him playing the point alot, and Augustine who is a point guard and isn’t likely to be in charllote next year

  • S.D.S

    ima re-state what i said earlier more clearly
    1. Stan Van Gundy is the BEST head coach on the market right now in the league, hands down…
    2. Dwight howard is overrated, he has a mediocore post game which is only glorified due to his elite athleticism as a center, if he actually learned to devlope a post game, hook shot, fadeaways, spin moves, driving to the basket from the psot etc etc…he would be the best player in the game, but he doesnt have any of those skills at an elite level and is why he is overrated, defensivly he is the second best defender, i think tyson chandler draws more attention from opposing offences then dwight does…
    3. Stan Van Gundy + Charllote, as of right now it isnt a good mix, Stan likes his 3 point shooters ALOT, we have 1 under contract for the coming season, REggie williams who didn’t have a great season last year from the 3, although next he SHOULD improve since he SHOULD be healthier, better in shape and not playing the point…, other then that we have no one.
    4. If we get Anthony Davis Stan Van Gundy becomes a weaker option in my eyes, we need someone who can devlope the low post skill set of Davis and Bismack Biyombo, both are extremly raw like Dwight, and Stan hasn’t shown that he can devlope a post player in this league