Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas likely hoped to enter his first year under better circumstances.

The Rockets hired Silas, a former Dallas Mavericks assistant, after former head coach Mike D'Antoni stepped down. Silas was promptly greeted by internal turmoil.

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At the center of that turmoil has been James Harden, who requested a trade last month and missed the start of Houston's training camp.

Silas admitted his relationship with Harden has not gotten off to the best of starts, though he added there is plenty of time to rectify the situation:

“Trust is built day to day, and once the relationship begins, we’ll begin that process of trust,” Silas said, via ESPN's Tim MacMahon. “Obviously there wasn’t a great start to it, but that’s the NBA. The NBA is not going to be roses every day.”

Of course, it was always going to be hard for Silas to find strong footing with Harden given “The Beard” reportedly preferred the team hire Tyronn Lue or John Lucas as head coach.

However, Silas is regarded as a strong offensive mind, one who might be able to unlock the full potential of Houston's roster. In any case, the two can begin building a rapport.

Harden finally reported to Rockets camp on Tuesday after a weekend of uncertainty. It remains to be seen whether he still wishes to be traded, though Houston does not appear to be in any rush to move him.

Perhaps Silas and new acquisitions like John Wall and Christian Wood can convince Harden to give it another go in H-Town.