Cavs fire Silas
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach
Paul Silas according to television broadcast reports in Cleveland. The team is
scheduled to address the media at a 12:30 p.m. (et) news conference.
NewsChannel5 in Cleveland has revealed that Silas was fired along with his son
and assistant coach, Steven Silas, before the team’s practice Monday morning.
Assistant coach Brendan Malone will take over the head coaching duties on an
Silas led the Cavaliers to a 34-30 record this season and the team is
currently seeded fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However,
Cleveland has dropped three straight and nine of its last 12 games.
The news comes just one day after the Cavaliers dropped a tough game in
Toronto. The Raptors won the game despite a franchise-record 56 points from
Cleveland guard LeBron James.
Silas was hired by the Cavs shortly after being let go by the New Orleans
Hornets in May of 2003. Cleveland struggled to a 35-47 mark and missed the
playoffs in his first year with the franchise.
The 59-year-old Silas spent five seasons with the Hornets and is the
franchise’s career victory leader with a 208-155 record. Although the club
made it to the Eastern Conference semifinals two times during his
tenure, it never succeeded in taking the next step.
Silas also had a three-year head coaching stint with the San Diego Clippers
Prior to his head coaching duties, Silas served as an assistant coach with the
New Jersey Nets during the 1988-89 season, before joining the New York Knicks
from 1989-92. He then re-joined the Nets from 1992-95.
Silas also spent two seasons as the top assistant for the Phoenix Suns from
1995-97 before moving to the Hornets as an assistant coach in July, 1997.