The Charlotte Bobcats are finalizing a one-year contract extension with Paul Silas that will keep him as coach through the 2011-12 season, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.
After replacing Larry Brown on Dec. 22, Silas has gone 15-12 as Bobcats coach and beaten the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers in the past week. The Bobcats are 24-31 overall and 1½ games behind the surging Indiana Pacers for the eighth playoff seed in the Eastern Conference.
Silas changed the direction and tempo of the Bobcats, pushing point guard D.J. Augustin(notes) to be much more free-wheeling and aggressive with the ball. Bobcats players have engaged with Silas and his coaching staff, and he’s been a popular figure and resident of the Charlotte area since coaching the Hornets a decade ago.
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