Reports out of Charlotte today indicate that Michael Jordan and Larry Brown have "mutually agreed" to part ways. The 9-19 Bobcats had lost four consecutive games going into Wednesday night's games.
Interestingly enough, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that former Charlotte Hornets head coach Paul Silas is a "leading candidate" (along with Orlando's Patrick Ewing and former Hawks coach Mike Woodson) to take over for Brown in Charlotte. Jordan fired Brown's entire coaching staff, meaning Charlotte will not be promoting from within. Other reports indicate that the new head coach will be installed by tomorrow.
Obviously this doesn't have too much bearing on the Hornets' current season; New Orleans will not face Charlotte again until January 15th. But long-time fans of the Hornets know the impact that Silas had on this franchise. Silas first took over for Dave Cowens during the 1998-1999 lockout season (Cowens left the team 15 games into the 50 game season). The Hornets went 22-13 under Silas to finish the year above .500. The team made the Eastern Conference playoffs for the next four straight years, including back-to-back Eastern Conference Semifinal appearances in 2001 and 2002. Silas was also the first coach in the franchise's New Orleans history. It seems appropriate that on the same day MrWayneKeller looked back at some Hornets of old, one of our old favorites may get to start anew.