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In a somewhat shocking move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach Paul Silas.

"NewsChannel5's Chris Miller was told by Silas' son and assistant coach Steven Silas that Paul was fired before practice this morning. Steven Silas was also let go."

Assistant coach Brendan Malone has been promoted to interim head coach.

The cavaliers are currently on a three-game skid and have a 34-30 record this season
 

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Bad move.

In my opinion, the Cavs are ahead of schedule as far as their growth.

I think Silas has done a great job. They are expecting too much in LeBron's second year.
 

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Bad move.

In my opinion, the Cavs are ahead of schedule as far as their growth.

I think Silas has done a great job. They are expecting too much in LeBron's second year.
yea, agreed, so every time the Cavs getting into losing spell, the coach goes, great. would you want that job, if you're just getting your feet wet.
 

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i still think silas is one of the best coaches out there. he usually gets the teams to perform. when was the last time cavs made the playoffs? they are there this year. do the owners really expect the cavs to contend for a title? i'm very surprised by this move and the short leash silas was given
 

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And the chips continue to fall the Nets way...I thought Silas was a nice compliment to Bron. Bron loses a good coach IMO. Nets need to captialize...
 

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that´s a shocker for me. i think silas is/was a great mentor for bron. now they´re trying to go after flip saunders. kinda rough that they fired his son too.
 

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Bizarre. Was there some sort of issure there that couldn't be resolved? What can they accomplish by firing him with 15 games to go in the middle of a playoff race?
 

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Why did they fire him?

Was he improving the team too quickly for their likes?

Was he not improving the team quick enough?

And really this has no or little bearing on us. I don't think we play them again.

-Petey
 

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Weird, that's pretty surprising. I can't stand it when teams fire a guy when things aren't going perfectly. Maybe I could understand if it was an 8 game loosing streak at this time, but come one, three games? And it's not like they're out of the play-off race! They're right there.
Anyway, I think I'm only repeating what everyone else has said. :)
 

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Silas had a lot going against him in the last couple weeks and seemingly lost his passion; the losing of nine games in the last dozen, the fall from grace in the Central Division to No. 5 in the East, the nine successive road lack of successes; having to answer questions regarding strategy and substitutions to new owner Dan Gilbert, making him feel like he was back in New Orleans waging war against then minority owner Ray Woolridge; and conflict with several players, especially Jeff McInnis and Drew Gooden regarding their defensive defects.

Gooden was recently demoted but fought his way back into the lineup. For the most part, rather than confront McInnis, by all accounts, a tough customer to deal with, a guy who yells at everyone, Silas left him alone.

There came a time, of course, when there was no getting away from disciplining McInnis, a rising free agent whose stock was high the first 30 games of the season. Rather than sit him down last Sunday in favor of Eric Snow, say sources, Silas wanted to cut him; he felt his point guard would be too much a problem and wouldn't accept the new role.

When Gilbert and GM Jim Paxson refused to endorse such an extreme measure, preferring to wait to see if McInnis became a complete jerk sharing minutes, Silas decided not to play him a single second. Almost overnight he'd gone from integral to insignificant.

Meanwhile, Silas played James the full 48, Gooden saw 42, (chronically injured) Zydrunas Ilgauskas 41 and Snow 40 minutes, in which he accrued zero points (0-4) and six assists in the 105-98 defeat.

Silas appeared to be telling Gilbert, "Bleep you!"

Their arranged marriage evidently wasn't working very well. Owner of Quicken Loans, the largest mortgage on-line company in the United States, Gilbert simply foreclosed on Silas' contract with two years and 16 games remaining.
http://www.nypost.com/sports/41533.htm
 

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Ah so he flipped his switch!

Nice.

-Petey
 
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