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G. McConway
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December 13, 2022

Former NBA All-Star Dead at 79

One of the top NBA players from the golden era of basketball is no longer with us.

Paul Silas, a longtime NBA coach and player, has died.

Silas was 79 years old.

Legend…

Silas played a total of 16 seasons in the NBA for five different teams.

It is not often you see All-Star status for someone that has played with so many teams, especially during that era, but Silas was the exception.

He played for the Hawks, Celtics, Supersonics, Suns, and Nuggets, was a two-time All-Star, and was on the All-Defensive team five different times.

Silas played his college ball at Creighton, where he was a three-time All-American. He was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan tweeted, “I am very sad to report that the great Paul Silas has died at age 79. To watch him play was a joy. To be his friend was an honor.”

After his playing days were over, Silas immediately transitioned into coaching.

His first assignment was with the Clippers, who were playing in San Diego at the time.

From the Clippers, he moved on to the Knicks and Nets as an assistant coach for most of the next decade.

He was eventually elevated to head coach again with the Hornets, Cavaliers, and Bobcats.

Silas finished his coaching career with a 387-488 record, not exactly flattering, but when you consider the teams he had to work with, that is actually quite an accomplishment.

Lakers great Magic Johnson paid tribute to Silas, stating, “RIP to Hall of Famer, 3X NBA Champion, and my guy Paul Silas.

“Paul made a huge contribution to the game of basketball and will be sorely missed! Cookie and I send our prayers and condolences to the entire Silas family.”

Former NBA player Rex Chapman added, “Paul Silas was a giant in basketball circles. A great man.

“Was fortunate to spend a couple of seasons with Paul when he was an asst coach with the Suns. I don’t know anyone with a bad word to say about him — ever. A sad day. My heart is with Stephen and the family. Rest, Paul.”

His legend will continue through his son, Stephen, who is now the head coach of the Houston Rockets.

Source: New York Post

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