CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) – Former Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach Paul Silas has died at the age of 79.

He served as the head coach in Cleveland from 2003-05, and was LeBron James’ first head coach in the NBA.

Silas also served as head coach of the New Orleans Hornets and Charlotte Bobcats during his career.

In a statement from the team, the Cavaliers said: ” 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.”

He posted a record of 69-77 in two seasons as head coach of the Cavaliers, and an overall record of 387-488 as an NBA head coach.

During his playing career, he spent time with the St. Louis/Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, and Seattle SuperSonics.

He won three NBA Championships, and was named an NBA All-Star twice.

His son, Stephen Silas, is the head coach of the Houston Rockets.