Silas and Thomas have locker room altercation

Silas and Thomas have locker room altercation
April 19, 2012, 2:26 am
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To say its been an ugly season for Charlotte would be putting their current situation lightly.

At 7-54, theyre on pace to finish the season as one of the worst NBA teams in league history.

The last thing they need is any in-house disruption, but according to Yahoo Sports, Coach Paul Silas and forward Tyrus Thomas had an altercation in the locker room last week, following a loss to the Boston Celtics in which Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett sat out.

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. Thats 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 youre going to be buddy-buddy as theyre beating your expletive too?

Silas reportedly shoved Thomas after the forward stood up after the two had exchanged words. No punches were thrown and players did step in to separate the two.

Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins met and fined both and acknowledged to Yahoo that there was an incident and both the player and coach have moved on.

Charlotte has lost 18 straight games, following Wednesday's 100-68 loss at the hands of the Bulls and the only consolation for their dismal season is the hopes that it can secure the first pick in this years draft where Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis is the presumptive favorite to be selected at number one.

Thomas has been underwhelming in his second full season with the Bobcats averaging 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.6 minutes per game.