Originally written on NBA 24/7 365  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Time to add another short chapter to the horror story that has been Charlotte’s season.  I’m actually a bit surprised it took this long, but a report of conflict in the Bobcats locker room surfaced earlier today.  According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, head coach Paul Silas became infuriated during last Sunday’s loss to the Boston Celtics when he observed Tyrus Thomas, a highly-paid letdown of a power forward, getting a little too “buddy-buddy” with the opposition.  After the game, the two shouted back and forth for a while, eventually resulting in a brief physical confrontation. That’s correct; 68-year-old Paul Silas reportedly got into it with Tyrus Thomas.  Via Yahoo!…

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas shoved 6-foot-10 forward Tyrus Thomas after a postgame screaming match Sunday night, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Several players intervened immediately and separated the coach and player, and no punches were thrown, sources said.

Silas, 68, had been incensed with Thomas chatting with some Boston Celtics players on the court, and lashed out at him in the losing locker room afterward. Eventually, Thomas snapped back at Silas, and the coach warned him to say no more or risk a suspension.

Once Thomas stood up, Silas pushed him toward his locker stall, sources said.

Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins met with Silas and Thomas, and both have been fined, a source said.

“There was an incident,” Higgins told Y! Sports. “We handled it internally and talked to both the player and the coach and moved on. End of story.”

Thomas played 20 minutes Monday night in a loss to the New Orleans Hornets, the Bobcats’ 17th straight.

Charlotte has spiraled to a 7-53 record, and the Boston loss had been especially embarrassing for Silas, who played for the Celtics during his career. The Celtics sat out Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, and still won easily.

“Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought [Thomas] was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys,” one source said. “That’s what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but you’re going to be buddy-buddy as they’re beating your ass too?”

Paul Silas is an old-school, blue-collar, no-bullsh!t kinda guy, so it doesn’t surprise me that a matter of attitude is what finally sent him over the edge.  Tyrus Thomas’s involvement doesn’t surprise me either.   The Bobcats were foolish to pay Tyrus as much money as they did ($40 million) over a long period of time (5 years), and he’s had a disappointing season even on T-Time standards.  Thomas, who has faced minimal competition for minutes, hasn’t been able to produce at either forward spot.  He’s been a serviceable rotation player in the past thanks to his incredible athleticism, but he’s not even using his speed and leaping ability to his advantage anymore.  Basically, Tyrus has been spending the majority of his time hanging out on the perimeter firing mid-range jumpers… and he’s not making very many of them (shooting a career-low 35.7% from the floor).  I, a spectator with absolutely no involvement in the situation, find it frustrating to watch.  I can only imagine how fed up Paul Silas must be at this point, and I can’t fault him for losing his cool.

A 68-year-old man not only berating, but shoving Tyrus Thomas.  I’d pay to as much to see that as the Bobcats will probably end up paying Tyrus just to go away.

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kobe Bryant on Temecula story: Mamba Army dont ‘f—‘ around

Jets make it official, announce firings of Rex Ryan, John Idzik

Report: WWE officials believe Brock Lesnar is returning to UFC

Lovie Smith denies Bucs tanked to secure #1 pick in 2015 Draft

Report: Jets will fire Rex Ryan, GM John Idzik on Monday

Braxton Miller has 'expressed interest' in Duke transfer?

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers mutually part ways

Mike Wallace benched for disciplinary reasons

Browns owner sends stern message to Johnny Manziel

Report: Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement

Ravens clinch playoff spot

DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant set Cowboys records in win

A very early college football Top 25 for 2015

The five most pleasant surprises of 2014

10 takeaways from NFL Week 17

WATCH: Mike Tomlin goes after Reggie Nelson after game

WATCH: Ndamukong Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Nation's top recruit says he won't follow Jim Harbaugh

Eric Decker's wife was concerned about hubby's groin

WATCH: Lamar Miller has longest run in Dolphins history

WATCH: Pats fans serenade Pete Frates with 'Happy Birthday'

Harbaugh rumors affecting Mich. basketball ticket prices?

WATCH: Dez Bryant burns Redskins defender for TD

Detroit bar offering free food, booze if Lions beat Packers

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Kobe Bryant talks Temecula story

A very early CFB Top 25 for 2015

Five most pleasant surprises of 2014

Brock Lesnar returning to UFC?

WATCH: Suh steps on Aaron Rodgers

Browns owner sends message to Manziel

Ray Allen leaning toward retirement?

Ravens clinch playoff spot

Murray, Bryant set team records

Pats fans serenade Pete Frates

Browns to part ways with Josh Gordon?

Manziel was late after throwing party?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.