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Paul Silas: Mr Intangible


      Paul Theron Silas joined the Boston Celtics in 1972. He won three titles, 2 with the Celtics and 1 with the Sonics. He was Mr Intangible out there. He had a relentless work ethic and was known for his rebounding and tenacity on the defensive end. He would dive for any loose ball and lead with his soft spoken nature on the floor. 

     In college he set an NCAA record for rebounds in only 3 seasons which still stands today. He had over 10,000 points and rebounds in his NBA career. He made 2 All Star games. He was one of the most respected players in the NBA and one of the games top rebounders in it's storied history. With the Celtics he averaged a double double, usually collecting 1000 rebounds per year and the Celtics never lost more than 2 games in a row while he was around. 

     He was a leader in the locker room, the bus and at every practice. When asked about Paul this is what the great John Havlicek had to say "Paul is one of the most extraordinary people I've ever known. I'm not talking just about basketball  - his character, his experience, and his wisdom is unparalleled. He's a very strong leader and you can't help but be affected by him". Talk about high praise from a special man like Hondo. 

     Paul also had some stops as a coach and was not afraid to call out the sometimes fragile NBA ego. He was fair but made sure they respected and listened to what he had to say. Did you know he was briefly considered as Celtics Coach in 95?! Paul Silas will go down as yet another Celtic legend given how he played and carried himself. 

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