CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Paul Silas sat relaxed and laughing it up with the media Thursday morning, as his Charlotte Bobcats inch closer to the belated start to their 2011-12 basketball season.
Silas has logged a lot of NBA miles as a player and coach, so he's reached a point in his career where he simply isn't going to reveal any stress or major concerns. The man carries a pretty good poker face.
At 68, he's had more winning seasons than not as an NBA head coach, an intermittent stretch that began in 1980, not long after a successful playing career concluded. And he's seen about all there is at this level. He strikes as a realist, one who can't be fooled, but can do some duping himself.
Guys like Silas are often referred to as cagey. He's a master at relaxing players, even rookies who might otherwise be on pins and needles. And when the time calls, Silas is known to reach into his cache reserve at precisely the right moment to affect a needed hint of change.
When he took over for Lar...