Paul Silas not returning to coach Bobcats

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Paul Silas will not return as the head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats next season.

Rod Higgins, president of the organization’s basketball operations, first made the announcement in a news release on Monday afternoon.

Silas’ successor has not yet been picked, but Higgins said a search for a suitable candidate will begin immediately.

“I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances,” Higgins said. “His basketball experience as a coach and a player speak for themselves. We have been fortunate to have someone of his character associated with this franchise and we hope he will continue to be a valuable resource to us in the future.”

Silas finished his first full season with the Bobcats this year with an overall team record of 32-88.  When he accepted his initial position as interim head coach in December 2010, he finished the season with a 25-29 record.

Silas has been a head coach in the NBA for 11 seasons.  He has a career record of 377-531 with four teams including the Los Angeles Clippers, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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