Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Paul Silas dies at 79

Then-Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, jokes with Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas, after an...
Then-Miami Heat's LeBron James, right, jokes with Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas, after an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 3, 2011. Silas, a member of three NBA championship teams and LeBron James' first coach in the league, has died, his family announced Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. He was 79. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)(Chuck Burton | AP)
Published: Dec. 11, 2022 at 2:13 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Paul Silas died at 79 on Sunday, according to a spokesperson from the organization.

Silas was a three-time NBA champion and two-time All-Star.

Silas also coached multiple teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers during LeBron James’ rookie season from 2003-2005.

The NBA and commissioner Adam Silver released a statement on the Silas’ death.

The Cleveland Cavaliers released a statement Sunday afternoon on Silas’ death:

Paul Silas served as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003-05. His engaging presence and huge personality inspired legions of NBA players and coaches. We send our deepest condolences to the Silas family and everyone that loved him. Rest in power Coach!

Cleveland Cavaliers

19 News has reached out to the LeBron James Family Foundation for comment.