Just wanted to post some quick reaction to the piece by Bonnell in this morning’s Observer about Paul Silas lobbying for the Bobcats’ head coaching gig.
My first reaction was that this is a little sad. Like most other Charlotte fans, I think pretty highly of Silas, and was disappointed when he didn’t get the job last spring. However, the team has moved on. This time around, all signs point to Larry Brown as the next coach; yet here is Silas making his case again. It’s probably not a good sign for him that he’s making his case to the Observer, and not Michael Jordan.
On the other hand, Silas still has a lot going for him. He’s extremely likeable, and still highly regarded in Charlotte after those successful years leading the Hornets. We feel a sense of kinship with him as he was screwed over by George Shinn, just like we were. His image around the NBA in general is reportedly that of a man of integrity. He is also positively regarded by Lebron James, even though he was yanked as coach of the Cavs halfway through Bron’s second season. He does have a positive relationship with Jordan, and has worked camps for him in the past. And he once called Carlos Boozer a… well, just click on the link for this one.
So with all that, why hasn’t Silas gotten the Charlotte job, or any other one around the Association? To my knowledge, his name hasn’t come up in regards to any of the other available jobs this year or last. I’ve been wondering if there is some knock on the guy that’s not widely known. He strikes me as the kind of coach who may not be very ‘detail-oriented’ but I could be totally wrong on that. Too easygoing with the players? Smiles too much? What? I’m grasping at straws here.
So does anyone know? Come on, give me the inside stuff…