CHARLOTTE, N.C. - After a miserable start to the season in which he took shots at his players and himself, Larry Brown is out as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats in another messy exit in his well-traveled career.

The team announced later yesterday that former Charlotte Hornets coach Paul Silas will take over on an interim basis.

Owner Michael Jordan announced Brown's departure in a news release a day after the Bobcats were outscored 31-12 in the fourth quarter in their fourth straight loss.

The 70-year-old Brown had been upset with the makeup and effort of his team for weeks. The Bobcats (9-19) had lost three games by 31 or more points in 10 days before Tuesday's fourth-quarter meltdown against Oklahoma City.

"I met with Coach Brown 2 weeks ago about the team's performance and what we could do to improve it," Jordan said. "We met again [yesterday] morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary."

Brown, whose contract runs through the end of the 2011-12 season, didn't immediately return a message on his cell phone seeking comment. But his agent, Joe Glass, said Brown will be back on the bench soon.

"Larry is going to coach again," Glass said. "He's got plenty of strength and energy."

Brown leaves with an 88-108 mark with the Bobcats. His 1,327 victories in the ABA and NBA are nine shy of supplanting Don Nelson for the most all-time.

"This was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made," Jordan said. "I want to thank Larry for everything he has done for our team."