Rockets name Stephen Silas as head coach

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Houston Rockets have hired Stephen Silas as the team’s new head coach. He replaces Mike D’Antoni.

The former leader of the team elected to go in a different direction following the conclusion of the season. He was mentioned as a front-runner for several jobs, including with the Indiana Pacers or the Philadelphia 76ers.

Former Charlotte Hornets interim head coach Stephen Silas reacts to a call against the Utah Jazz
Stephen Silas reacts to a call against the Utah Jazz (Getty Images)

Yet, D’Antoni did not receive any one of those jobs. He may sit out this season before accepting a job for the 2021-22 season if he wants to coach again.

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The 47-year-old Boston, Mass. Native has received his first head coaching opportunity. Despite this being his first leadership opportunity, he did fill in for former Hornets head coach on December 4, 2017 when Steve Clifford was ill.

For approx. six weeks, Silas was the team’s interim head coach from December 4, 2017 through January 16, 2018.

He spent the past two seasons working under Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks coaching staff.

Before joining the Mavericks, he spent eight seasons (2010-2018) as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets franchise. He also served four seasons (2006-2010) as an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

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His other coaching duties including two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a season with the New Orleans Hornets, and two seasons with the Charlotte Hornets.

Silas also spent one season as a scout with the Hornets in 1999-2000. He also served one season as a scout in 2005-06 with the Washington Wizards.

He is the son of former NBA head coach Paul Silas.

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