Struggling Bobcats part ways with coach Silas

Mon Apr 30, 2012 10:03pm EDT

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Paul Silas watches as his team plays against the Boston Celtics during their NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina March 26, 2012. REUTERS/Chris Keane

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Paul Silas watches as his team plays against the Boston Celtics during their NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina March 26, 2012.

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(Reuters) - Paul Silas was fired as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday after leading the eight-year-old franchise to the National Basketball Association's worst-ever record and a search for his successor is underway.

Silas guided Charlotte to a 7-59 record in his first full season with the Bobcats in a lockout-shortened 66-game 2011-12 season where the team's .106 winning percentage set a new mark for futility.

"I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances," Rod Higgins, the Bobcats' president of basketball operations, said in a statement.

"We have been fortunate to have someone of his character associated with this franchise and we hope he will continue to be a valuable resource to us in the future."

Silas, 68, was named interim coach of the Bobcats in December 2010 and led that team to a 25-29 record over the remainder of the 2010-11 season. The interim title was removed from his position in February of that season.

He compiled an overall record of 32-88 with the Bobcats, who have qualified for the playoffs only once.

In 11 seasons as an NBA head coach, Silas has a career record of 377-531 following stints with the Clippers, Hornets, Cavaliers, and Bobcats.

Silas was a two-time All-Star and three-time NBA champion as a player.

(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Ginsburg)

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