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Silas and James made for a formidable duo last season, leading the Cavaliers to a 35-47 record last season -- an 18-game turnaround. He seemed to have the respect of his players, who played hard for him and were improving.
However, in the offseason, the club lost Boozer after allowing him to become a free agent. It was the first sign of real trouble.
The Cavaliers started this season strong, staying in first place for most of the first two months of the season, but injuries and inconsistency led to the recent losing streak.
Silas was hired to be James' first professional coach and to mentor the 18-year-old star. James has soared from rookie of the year last season to All-Star this year, but the rest of the team has struggled.
That became apparent Sunday in the team's third straight loss. While James had a career day, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to score 50 or more points, the Cavaliers were miserable on defense and the reserves were outscored 34-1.
In 16 NBA seasons as a player, Silas averaged 9.4 points and 9.9 rebounds in 1,254 career games. Twice selected as an All-Star, he won three NBA championships -- two with Boston and one with Seattle.
As a coach, he has a record of 355-400 with the Clippers, Hornets and Cavaliers. His Hornets teams (both in Charlotte and New Orleans) went 13-16 the playoffs.