Rockets to hire Stephen Silas as head coach

Ruben Hill
October 29, 2020

Assistant Coach Stephen Silas of the Dallas Mavericks looks on during the game against the Sacramento Kings on February 12, 2020 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

The Houston Rockets will hire Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas as their new head coach, sources confirmed to The Athletic on Wednesday.Silas has 19 years of experience as an National Basketball Association assistant coach, including the last two with the Mavericks. Silas has a great reputation around the league and has a strong history of coaching elite-level guards, including Stephen Curry, Kemba Walker, and Luka Doncic.

The hiring of the son of former National Basketball Association player and coach Paul Silas completes a significant change in the leadership of the team with the league's longest active playoff streak after Daryl Morey decided not to return as general manager following D'Antoni's departure.

Silas now assumes the lead of a Rockets team that features the All-Star backcourt of Russell Westbrook and James Harden. He accompanied the team to New Orleans and remained with the franchise until his father was controversially fired in 2003.

Silas was most recently an assistant coach with the Dallas Mavericks, where he served from 2018-20.

After two seasons in Cleveland, Silas spent a season as a scout with the Washington Wizards before serving as an assistant coach with Don Nelson and the Golden State Warriors from 2006-10.

Houston recorded 50-win seasons in each of D'Antoni's first three years and had a shot at another when the pandemic shut down the regular season last March. Shortly after, head coach Mike D'Antoni stepped down from his post, informing Rockets' brass that he would be entering free agency.

The new combination of coach and general manager comes after eight straight trips to the playoffs for the Rockets, all since acquiring James Harden in an offseason trade with Oklahoma City in 2012.

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