Former Boston Celtics champion forward Paul Silas passes away at age 79

Three-time NBA champion Boston Celtics forward Paul Theron Silas has passed away per the Boston Globe’s Bob Ryan, confirmed by the Houston Rockets, who are coached by Paul’s son Stephen Silas. The Prescott, Arkansas native was born on July 12, 1943, and played his college ball at Creighton, from which he was drafted 10th overall by the (then) St. Louis Hawks (Now, Atlanta).

There, he played for five seasons before being dealt to the Phoenix Suns, where he made his first All-Star game in 1972. Silas would again be dealt to the Celtics at the end of that season in exchange for the rights to Charlie Scott. In Boston, Silas won two NBA titles in 1974 and 1976, made All-Star again in 1975, and made All-Defensive First Team in 1975 and 1976 after a reluctant start with the ball club.

Dealt to the Denver Nuggets in 1976 as part of a three-team deal that netted the Celts Curtis Rowe, Silas played just one season in Colorado before being traded again to the Seattle SuperSonics, where he won his third and final title in 1979.

Silas transitioned into coaching after his playing career ended, working as an assistant with the (then) San Diego Clippers (now, Los Angeles), (then) New Jersey (now, Brooklyn) Nets, New York Knicks, Suns, and Charlotte Hornets .

He later was as a head coach for the Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Charlotte Bobcats (now, Hornets).

Rest In Peace.

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