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Basketball: Cavs fire head coach Paul Silas

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posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 02:28 PM
Paul Silas was fired as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, his team fighting for a playoff spot after leading its division earlier this year. Longtime NBA assistant Brendan Malone was appointed interim coach.

Silas told The Associated Press he was informed at a morning meeting with general manager Jim Paxson and new owner Dan Gilbert. Silas' son, assistant Stephen Silas, also was fired.
Malone's first game as the Cavaliers' head coach will be Tuesday night at home against Detroit.

Despite superstar LeBron James, fellow All-Star Zydrunas Ilgauskas and a veteran bench, the Cavaliers have struggled since the All-Star break. They have lost nine of 12 and nine straight road games, including Sunday's 105-98 loss to Toronto when James scored a franchise-record 56.


Might not have been his fault, but when players aren't responding, it's usually the coach who takes the heat. This coming off a 56 point game by LeBron, doesnt matter much though because they lost that game.

[Edited on 3-21-2005 by ProudAmerican]

posted on Mar, 21 2005 @ 09:28 PM
Cavs GM Jim Paxson criticized Silas' ability as a coach and motivator.

"We're 64 games into the season and we still don't have a consistent rotation, substitution pattern, those type of things," Paxson said. "We didn't see that changing." He indicated Silas was not creating the best environment for the players.

He seemed to be bringing LeBron along really well, but he did have alot of internal problems all year.

Earlier this season, Silas threw Snow off the bench after the two exchanged words in Detroit, a move that stunned the team because Snow is a leader.

Last week, Silas was fined $10,000 by the team for a derogatory comment about Utah forward Carlos Boozer, who left the team as a free agent last summer. Gilbert said that had no bearing on the firing.

posted on Mar, 23 2005 @ 08:09 PM
didn't he have some problems with players at his last stop with the Hornets? Maybe the problem is him, he's just getting cantankerous in his old age. Or the modern players are just bums...

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