Return of Paul Silas?

to the coaching ranks!  In Charlotte!!! 

Charlotte Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan announced today that Larry Brown is stepping down as head coach of the team, effective immediately.

"I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it. We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary," Jordan said.

"This was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made. I want to thank Larry for everything he has done for our team. He has played a key role in this organization’s development, including coaching us to our first playoff appearance last season. Larry will continue to be a valuable advisor to me regarding the team. The search for a successor will begin immediately."

Brown was named the third head coach in team history on April 29, 2008, and compiled a record of 88-104 (.458) in two-plus seasons with the Bobcats.

The end of Larry Brown's tenure shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.  After making the playoffs last year, they have one of the worst records in the league this season.  Add the fact that they've had some bad lopsided losses to Washington and Memphis among others, the writing was on the wall.

However, this isn't as much a post as saying goodbye to a very good coach, but rather, a mention about his likely successor.  According to Adrian Wojnarowski's Twitter:

Paul Silas is a leading candidate to take over in Charlotte, two sources tell Y! Patrick Ewing and Mike Woodson under consideration too.


Average fans have little or no knowledge of this tower of a man, but us Hornet fans remember him fondly.  During his tenure with the franchise, he never had a losing season and guided the team to the playoffs in 4 of his 5 years.  However, surprise surprise, it wasn't enough for then owners Shinn and Wooldridge.  Many feel it was the loss to Larry Brown and the Sixers in the 2002-03 playoffs that sealed the deal.  There were rumblings that he wasn't a "top tier" coach who could lead this team on a legitimate title run.  Enter the Tim Floyd era.  Haha, well done.

Needless to say all that is well in the past, but it's nice to see Silas is this close to coming full circle.  Back to the city where he enjoyed his greatest success replacing a man who many felt was his coaching superior.  Best of luck Paul, but I don't think you'll need it as you'll do just fine.

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