Hornets promote Silas to associate head coach

Sep 22, 2017 - 4:32 PM The Charlotte Hornets promoted Stephen Silas to associate head coach and hired Eddie Jordan as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday.

Head coach Steve Clifford made the changes on his staff after lead assistant Patrick Ewing left in April to coach his alma mater at Georgetown and Bob Weiss moved to the Denver Nuggets last month.

Silas, 44, is in his eighth season on the Charlotte bench and 17th in the NBA, coming to the Hornets after spending the previous 4 1/2 seasons as an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors.

Silas also spent five seasons as an assistant coach under his father, Paul Silas, with the original Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (2000-03) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2003-05).

Stephen Silas, who joined the original Hornets in the summer of 1999 as an advance and college scout, was promoted to assistant coach on June 5, 2000, making him the youngest assistant in the NBA at that time at 27 years old.

Jordan, 62, played seven seasons in the NBA from 1977-84 with four different teams, helping the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship during the 1981-82 season. He began his coaching career as an assistant in the college ranks with Boston College (1986-88) and Rutgers (1988-91), before returning to the NBA as an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings from 1992-97.

Jordan has been a head coach with three NBA teams: the Kings (1997-98), the Washington Wizards (2003-08) and Philadelphia 76ers (2009-10). Most recently, he was head coach at his alma mater, Rutgers (2013-16).

The Hornets also promoted Rick Higgins to coaching assistant/video coordinator, Cam Twiss to general manager of the team's G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, and David Kaplan to manager of basketball analytics.

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