Brown resigns, Silas takes over Bobcats

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Charlotte, NC - Larry Brown resigned as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats on Wednesday and Paul Silas was named his successor on an interim basis.

Team chairman and CEO Michael Jordan made both announcements, saying he met with Brown two weeks ago about the team's performance and then again on Wednesday morning after practice.

"The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations, and we both agreed that a change was necessary," Jordan said.

Silas hasn't coached since he was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers near the end of the 2004-05 season.

Brown was named the team's head coach on April 29, 2008, and spent the last two-plus seasons with the club, compiling a record of 88-104 and leading the franchise to its first playoff appearance at the end of the 2009-10 campaign.

The Hall of Fame journeyman coach was unable to turn the Bobcats into a perennial winner, guiding the team to a dismal 9-19 start to begin this season.

The .321 winning percentage for Brown this season was his third-worst as an NBA head coach.

Jordan wrote a letter to Bobcats fans, assuring them that he intends to build a winner in Charlotte.

"I am sure you know that this was a difficult decision," Jordan said. "As I told you back in March, owning this team is my number one priority. I am focused on building a winning team that you can be proud of and I will continue to do whatever is necessary to make that happen."

Brown has a career record of 1,098-904 and is the sixth-winningest coach in NBA history. He is known, however, for not over-staying his welcome.

Six of his nine NBA coaching jobs have lasted three seasons or fewer, including each of his last three. He won an NBA title with Detroit in 2004 and also guided Philadelphia to the NBA Finals in 2001.

His other NBA coaching stints include Denver, New Jersey, San Antonio, the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana and New York. Brown also spent time coaching in the college ranks, winning the 1988 national championship at Kansas and reaching a final with UCLA.

He is the only head coach in basketball history to win both an NCAA Championship and NBA title.


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