Thursday, May 8
May 8, 8:11 PM ET
Silas, Nelson watch film before Game 2
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson got some advice
Thursday from recently fired New Orleans Hornets coach Paul Silas,
one of Nelson's former roommates on the Boston Celtics.
Silas and Nelson watched film and had what Nelson called "a
friendly chat'' about the Sacramento Kings hours before the Mavs
faced them in Game 2 of their second-round series.
Although Nelson already has nearly an assistant per player --
even adding backup point guard Avery Johnson for the playoffs --
Silas can provide unique insight.
Silas, who lost his job Sunday, guided New Orleans to a 108-84
victory over Sacramento in February. The Kings scored just 38 in
the second half of that game; they had 36 in the third quarter of
their Game 1 victory Tuesday night and 62 in each half.
"I enjoyed watching film with him, just picking his brain,''
Nelson said. "All information is good information.''
The get-together is especially intriguing because Nelson's
coaching contract expires after this season. Although he wants to
return, Mavs owner Mark Cuban hasn't offered any guarantees.
Nelson also is under contract as the general manager for three
more years, which means he could hire his own replacement.
On Wednesday, Nelson said any general manager seeking a coach
would have Silas "at the top of the list.''
Nelson is the third-winningest coach in NBA history, and this
season led Dallas to a 14-0 start, one short of the best in league
history. The Mavericks went on to win a franchise-record 60 games,
but if they don't get past the Kings then their progress will have
Dallas has been ousted in the second round of the playoffs the
last two seasons, both in five games. Sacramento knocked them out
Nelson and Silas were teammates on the Boston Celtics from
1972-73 to 1975-76, winning NBA titles in '74 and '76.
Nelson said Silas would watch Game 2 from the stands, a vantage
point Nelson enjoyed the year he spent as general manager in Golden
"I think we as coaches are too close to the game (on the
sideline),'' Nelson said. "Sitting back 8-10 rows, it gives you a
different perspective on the game.''