Three-time NBA champion Paul Silas has handed away on the age of 79. Silas’ daughter, Paula Silas-Man, confirmed the NBA legend’s passing throughout an announcement supplied to the New York Occasions. Silas reportedly died of cardiac arrest.
“We mourn the passing of former NBA All-Star and head coach Paul Silas,” Adam Silver mentioned in an announcement. “Paul’s lasting contributions to the sport are seen by way of the various gamers and coaches he impressed, together with his son, Rockets head coach Stephen Silas. We ship our deepest condolences to Paul’s household.”
As a participant, Silas started his profession in 1964 and performed for a number of groups over the following twenty years earlier than retiring in 1980. He made two All-Star groups, in 1972 and 1975, and gained three NBA championships throughout the Seventies.
Following his taking part in profession, Silas spent a long time teaching all through the league. He final led the Charlotte Bobcats from 2010-12. Michael Jordan, who serves because the Charlotte Hornets Chairman, additionally mourned Silas in an announcement launched Sunday.
“Our Hornets household mourns the passing of Paul Silas,” Jordan wrote. “Paul was an unbelievable chief and motivator who served as our head coach on two events. He mixed the information developed over practically 40 years as an NBA participant and coach with an innate understanding on combine self-discipline together with his endless positivity.”
“On or off the courtroom, Paul’s enthusiastic and interesting character was accompanied by an anecdote for each event. He was one of many all-time nice individuals in our recreation, and he shall be missed,” Jordan additional added. “My ideas, and the ideas of our whole group, are together with his spouse, Carolyn; his youngsters, Paul and Stephen; and your entire Silas household.”
Following in his father’s footsteps, Silas’ son, Stephen, presently serves as the pinnacle coach of the Houston Rockets.