Silas hopes Bobcats will keep job in the family

By Steve Reed

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, March 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Paul Silas has acknowledged it's been "an incredibly frustrating season."

At his age, Silas doesn't have to keep coming back for more. He appears to be financially secure and could walk off into the sunset and enjoy retirement with his wife at any time.

Silas jokingly acknowledged there have been a few days this season when that didn't sound like a bad idea. But deep inside he remains competitive and said he's driven by goal of trying to see this project through.

"I want to see where we go with the draft and see what the plan is for improving this team," Silas said. "I've talked to Mike and Rod and that's what they want to do. They want to improve this ball club. I want this club where it's a solid team and you know you have a chance to make the playoffs every year and you're going forward.

"That's where I want to see this team progress."

Through it all, Paul Silas has remained remarkably positive.

"We couldn't have gotten through this season without his positive attitude," Stephen Silas said.

Stephen Silas says the Bobcats haven't had a bad practice all season and the atmosphere is incredibly positive for a young team that's struggling to find its identity. But there are times when his father is overwhelmed by frustration.

"When we're in our back room once in a while he'll get a little down," Stephen Silas said. "He'll be there looking at the schedule trying to figure out when the next win is going to come. He has his moments. But I think it's great for me to be there and know what kind of buttons to push. I know how to make him laugh and bring him back to looking at the big picture."

Ah yes, the big picture.

That is, after all, what keeps Paul Silas going.

He insists he's seeing improvement from young players like Augustin, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker, Bismack Biyombo and Byron Mullens, enough to where he's encouraged to stick with them and help them develop.

And he knows the Bobcats have a decent shot at the top pick in the NBA draft depending on the lottery, which would give them a shot at a player like Kentucky's Anthony Davis.

"You can understand Paul's frustration," said Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles. "You look just statistically and they're last in points, last in field goal percentage and last in 3-point percentage, so that can make for a difficult year.

"But they're going down a path they elected to go down and that could potentially pay off big for them in the future."

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