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]