CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Paul Silas will not return as coach of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats after the team struggled to a 7-59 record in the worst season by any club in NBA history, the team announced on Monday.
The Bobcats lost their final 23 regular-season games to finish with only seven victories and only a .106 winning percentage. They also scored the fewest points of any NBA club and had the worst shooting percentage from the field.
That was worse than the 65-year-old NBA’s old mark, the 9-73 season by the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers that produced a .110 win percentage.
The NBA season was trimmed from 82 to 66 games per team this season due to a money dispute between club owners and players.
Rod Higgins, president of basketball operations for the NBA club owned by retired superstar Michael Jordan, announced that Silas would not be offered a new contract and a search for his replacement is already underway.
“I would like to personally thank Paul for everything he has done for this team under some pretty unique circumstances,” Higgins said.
“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 was named interim coach of the team in December of 2010 and three months later made the club’s official coach. The Bobcats went 25-29 in his part of the 2010-2011 season before the team set an NBA futility record this season.
“The season itself was a long haul for all of us, upstairs and downstairs,” Silas said. “Being the worst team in the history of the game is not something you cherish.”
Silas has spent 11 seasons as an NBA coach, compiling a career record of 377-531 with the Los Angeles Clippers from 1980-1983, the Charlotte-New Orleans Hornets from 1999-2003, Cleveland from 2003-2005 and the Bobcats.