The Houston Rockets have hired Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas to become the franchise's next head coach, Adrian Wojnarowski from ESPN reported.
Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Houston Rockets, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 28, 2020
Silas, who agreed to a four-year contract, replaces Mike D'Antoni, who left after his contract expired at the end of the season.
Sources told ESPN Silas sold the Rockets on his offensive ingenuity and a strong family history in 20 seasons as an NBA assistant. He has also coached high talent such as Luka Doncic, Stephen Curry and Kemba Walker.
Silas is the son of former NBA player and coach Paul Silas, and he worked for his father early in his career with Charlotte. They become the fifth father-son combination to be NBA head coaches.
Paul Silas became a first-time NBA head coach in 1980.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) October 28, 2020
40 years later, his son, Stephen Silas, will become a first-time NBA head coach with the Rockets. pic.twitter.com/eF0vn8WtXf
An Ivy League graduate, having attended Brown University, Stephen Silas is expected to make an impact in Houston and hopefully for them, be able to lead James Harden and Russell Westbrook to a championship.
Silas received congratulations and best wishes from the Mavericks coach, Rick Carlisle, as well as from 'Mavs' owner, Mark Cuban.
"A great hire for the Rockets," Carlisle said. "Stephen did a great job for us here in Dallas helping us get back to the playoffs. Thrilled for him and his family."
CONGRATS COACH Silas ! https://t.co/pVeMXuf103— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) October 28, 2020