Coach Paul Silas and Tyrus Thomas reportedly had to be separated after loss

04/18/2012 at 1:41 pm By

Per a report from Y! Sports insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Charlotte Bobcats head coach Paul Silas and forward sixth year forward Tyrus Thomas had to be separated in the locker room after the Bobcats’ loss to the 94-82 loss to the Celtics Sunday evening:


Silas, 68, had been incensed with Thomas chatting with some Boston Celtics players on the court, and lashed out at him in the losing locker room afterward. Eventually, Thomas snapped back at Silas, and the coach warned him to say no more or risk a suspension.

Once Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker stall, sources said.

“Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,” one source said. “That’s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’re going to be buddy-buddy as they’re beating your ass too?”

Thomas, 6’9″, has a reputation for having a bit of a bad attitude and Silas is no pushover at 6’7″ and well over 250 lbs. Silas and Thomas met with Bobcats GM Rod Higgins and reportedly both have been fined.

I think it’s safe to assume that Thomas, his 5.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg and the remaining 3 years/$26 mil on his contract will not be in Charlotte next season.


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4 Comments so far

  1. David Baker

    on 04/18/2012 - Reply

    The problem isn’t with either one of them. Jordan
    thinks he can run his team from the golf course.
    I owned a business for over 30 years, and I was the
    one that took care of any problems. Michael Jordan
    wanted to own a basketball team. Let’s see him run
    the team, instead of running the franchise into the

  2. Neil Conway

    on 04/19/2012 - Reply

    They may be similar in size, but as you wrote, Silas is 68. Would it really have been such an even match, Anthony Ramsay? Of course not.

    • Anthony Ramsey

      on 04/19/2012 - Reply

      Neil – I was mostly being facetious, but Silas is known as one of the most no-nonsense, toughest coaches in the NBA. If I was a player I wouldn’t get on his bad side.


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