The Bobcats just announced that Paul Silas will not be returning as head coach.
I love Paul Silas. Not only was he an endless source of entertainment, be it his ability go after players who acted dumb (Tyrus Thomas, Anthony Mason) and his quality face-palming, but the guy was a quality coach who managed to get big men to play better than they are (Kwame, Biyombo, Mullens).
I don’t blame Paul Silas for this terrible season. While he shares some blame with the players, most of the blame should go to the front office, and even then it’s hard to say “wow they really screwed up”. They had a plan to blow up the team, suffer through a shortened season with some young guys, and go forward with cap space and draft picks. You can’t argue that they executed this part of the plan in a most exceptional manner.
The Bobcats experienced the perfect storm of suckage. Take a bunch of injuries, and bunch of young players, no off season to get said young players ready, and a highly compressed allowed no idea for actual coaching. Combine those and you get the worst season ever.
Anyway, the next question is “who’s going to coach this sad sack now?”. Bobcats beat guy Rick Bonnell has presented some possibilities: Mike D’Antoni (yay!), Nate McMillan (I wouldn’t be too upset), and Patrick Ewing (I would shut this site down and become a Hawks fan).
With the very sad state the Bobcats are in, you can’t believe pulling in a decent coach will be easy. Nate McMillan may be the best option, as you have to believe D’Antoni will command a significant salary.
Blogger netw3rk probably summed things up the best with this tweet:
@netw3rk: Breaking: Paul Silas will not return as coach of the Bobcats because he now hates the game of basketball.
Can’t blame him.
update: Woj already let us know about Nate McMillan
@WojYahooNBA: Nate McMillan is a North Carolina native and natural candidate for Michael Jordan, but remote chance he’ll have interest, sources tell Y!
We are so screwed.