Paul Silas, three-time NBA champion and LeBron's first coach, dies

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  • The Houston Rockets announce the death of the former player and coach at the age of 79. The power forward completed 16 seasons in the NBA, among which he won champion three times, and was the first coach to lead LeBron James in the North American championship.

Paul Silas, three-time NBA champion and LeBron's first coach, dies

Paul Silas , a member of three NBA championship teams as a player and LeBron James' first coach in the league, has died, the NBA announced. his family on Sunday. He was 79 years old.

The family announced the death through the Houston Rockets, for whom Stephen, son of Silas, is a second-generation coach. The 'Boston Globe' was the first outlet to report on Silas's death. Paula Silas-Guy , his daughter, told him about it. He told 'The New York Times' that her father had died on Saturday night of a cardiac arrest.

Rockets Statement

“We mourn the passing of former NBA All-Star and head coach Paul Silas,” he told NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. &ldquoPaul's contributions to basketball are seen through many players and coaches he inspired, including his son, Rockets coach Stephen Silas . Our deepest thoughts and condolences are with Stephen and his family during this difficult time,” the Rockets said in a statement.

Beginnings like coach

Paul Silas initiated the He spent his coaching career in a three-year stint at the helm of the then San Diego Clippers beginning in 1980. After more than one After a decade as an assistant, he returned to the field. He became head coach and went on to become a head coach. time with the Charlotte Hornets, the New Orleans Hornets, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Charlotte Bobcats.

He took He led four of those teams to the playoffs, winning exactly 400 games —387 in the regular season, 13 more in the postseason.

“¡Paul made an enormous contribution to baseball. squetball and will be greatly missed!” Hall of Famer Magic Johnston, star of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Rockets hosted the Milwaukee Buckson Sunday night and they won 97-92. It is not clear how long it will be absent from the team Stephen Silas. The team has handed over the interim coaching job to assistant John Lucas while the Silas family mourns.

A role model for LeBron

“He's probably one of the best beings “I'm humans who I've been close to,” LeBron James told Spectrum SportsNet after the Los Angeles Lakers beat Detroit on Sunday. “The beginning of my journey in this league began with with him. His leadership, his principles, his attention to detail, his love of family…it was very sad to hear this news.& rdquor;

Stephen Silas arrived & rdquor; oacute; to the world of the NBA when his father was a coach in Charlotte. started as a scout and later was an assistant on his father's coaching staff with the Hornets in 2000. Stephen Silas required He spent two decades before getting a coaching opportunity, being hired by Houston in 2020.

His son Stephen, Rockets manager

“My dad, obviously, “He was my number one mentor, someone I could lean on, ask and answer questions with,” Stephen Silas said in a 2021 documentary produced by the Rockets about his journey. to as a coach. “He really valued the job. So I decided, which was a little strange for me, being so young and not very experienced”.

He was named to the All-Defensive team five times and averaged 9.4 points and 9.9 rebounds in 16 seasons with the Hawks and Atlanta, Phoenix, Boston, Denver and Seattle. Silas won two titles with the Celtics —the first of them in his 10th season as a player, and he went on to win many titles. a third with the Seattle SuperSonics.