Thursday, April 19th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  17 responses

Report: Paul Silas Shoved Tyrus Thomas During Postgame Incident

Emotions boiled over in the Charlotte Bobcats’ locker room this past Sunday, as the team experienced one of its 54 losses this season. Though the organization wouldn’t go into detail about what kind of physical altercation took place between 68-year old head coach Paul Silas and 25-year old forward Tyrus Thomas, a Yahoo! Sports report claims that Silas shoved Thomas and that the two had to be separated by teammates: “Silas, 68, had been incensed with Thomas chatting with some Boston Celtics players on the court, and lashed out at him in the losing locker room afterward. Eventually, Thomas snapped back at Silas, and the coach warned him to say no more or risk a suspension. Once Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker stall, sources said. Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins met with Silas and Thomas, and both have been fined, a source said. ‘There was an incident,’ Higgins said. ‘We handled it internally and talked to both the player and the coach and moved on. End of story.’ Thomas played 20 minutes Monday night in a loss to the New Orleans Hornets, the Bobcats’ 17th straight. [...] ‘Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,’ one source said. ‘That’s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’re going to be buddy-buddy as they’re beating your ass too?’”

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  • tomtom

    Love Paul Silas, brilliant coach and not the pandering type. Don’t like his chances against Tyrus Thomas though..

  • jayrose

    So is that a win for Paul or another loss??

  • Pais

    Don’t fraternize with the enemy (particularly when receiving an ass kicking). Personally I subscribe to the same line of thought, but c’mon coach, maintaining professional decorum at all times is also a must. Besides it ain’t fair to start something with someone who’s not allowed to push back.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Yeah Tyrus Thomas needs some tough love. Does Charlotte still have its amnesty available?

  • LP

    mICHAEL jordan must stop hiring his “buddies” ….

  • Shecky Shabazz

    I wish Silas were Dwight’s coach..

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I completely agree with discouraging the “buddy-buddy” post game attitude, but shoving a player and bringing up his salary are just about as unprofessional as a coach can get. Silas was obviously frustrated, and was looking for a “scape goat”.

  • FLIGHT 9

    Tyrus Thomas is talented but inconsistent and if I were his coach I will kill him literally…. Can’t believe Bulls traded him for Aldridge a legit 6-11!!!!!

  • Pais

    @flight 9 – “if I were his coach I will kill him literally”…that’s funny. And for inconsistency no less, what would you do with a Kwame Brown? Obviously you’d make a great coach.

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I’m pretty sure Silas would give Thomas an good old country a ss whoopin. Thomas is just a lost cause at this point.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man, Silas messed up. I thought he was on his way back last year when he took over and turned the team around, but this incident plus having the worst record in League history could mean that’s it for him. Can’t be pushing folks.


    Too bad season almost over. They could have hired Lamar Odom and use the drama to produce a reality tv show… could help Money make little money with the ball club.

  • bike

    I say give Silas a pass on this one considering it is Thomas and considering the frustrating season. Sometimes ya gotta get a little physical to get someone’s attention.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    Now if Thomas would’ve Sprewell’ed Paul Silas he would’ve been wrong!

  • http://www.andywhitby.com Andy Whitby


  • dahon

    Somebody help MJs team man.

  • robb

    The Bobcats are a total mess. Good job MJ.