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.