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Paul Silas named as new Bobcats coach

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Just hours after Larry Brown stepped down, the Charlotte Bobcats have named Paul Silas as their new head coach, team owner Michael Jordan announced.

This is an interim gig, with the position to be re-evaluated at the end of the season.

Silas has had 10 previous seasons as an NBA head coach, including four seasons with the Hornets when they were in Charlotte (he helped the franchise move to New Orleans), and being LeBron James first coach in Cleveland. He was also a coach with the Clippers, but we tend to forgive people for that and ignore the record there. Silas has been out of the league for five years. He also was a 16-year NBA player before coaching.

The Bobcats are 9-18 and playing terrible basketball right now. Just ask Jordan. A shake up was needed, but a new coach does not fix a mismatched roster that lacks offensive firepower. Remember this past summer the Bobcats traded Tyson Chandler — anchor of the Mavericks rejuvenated defense — for virtually nothing, and watched Raymond Felton go to New York where he is leading that team to a resurgence. When you take that much talent off the roster, the coach can only do so much, and Silas has his work cut out for him.

Report: Donatas Motiejunas no-shows physical after Rockets match Nets’ offer

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The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.

Case closed?

Hardly.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.

If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.

At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.

I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.

By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant team up for floor-is-lava alley-oop (video)

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Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.

Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.

Here’s another angle:

Dwight Powell obliterates Cody Zeller on alley-oop (video)

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Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.

There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.

At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.