Paul Silas, 3-time NBA champion, longtime coach, dies at 79

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Paul Silas dies at 79
FILE - Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Charlotte, N.C., April 18, 2012. Silas, a member of three NBA championship teams, has died, his family announced Sunday, Dec. 11, 2022. He was 79. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, file)

Paul Silas, a member of three NBA championship teams and LeBron James’ first coach in the league, has died at the age of 79.

Silas’ family announced his death on Sunday. The family revealed the death through the Houston Rockets, for whom Silas’ son, Stephen, is a second-generation head coach.

Silas died from a heart attack Saturday night

Silas’ daughter, Paula Silas-Guy, told The New York Times that her father died Saturday night of cardiac arrest. Paul Silas won exactly 400 games as a coach, including playoffs. He played for two championship teams in Boston and another in Seattle.

Paul Silas dies at 79

He was a head coach in San Diego, Charlotte, New Orleans and Cleveland.