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Report: Stephen Silas hired as new head coach for Rockets

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Dallas Mavericks assistant Stephen Silas is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Houston Rockets, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Mike D’Antoni decided not to come back to the Rockets after his contract expired.

The Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2020 playoffs in five games. General manager Daryl Morey also stepped down from his post. He’s now with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Stephen Silas is the son of longtime NBA head coach Paul Silas. He spent nine seasons with the Charlotte Hornets as the team’s associate head coach. During his recent stint with Charlotte, Silas also served as the head coach of the team on several occasions.

During the 2015-16 season, Silas helped lead the Hornets to a division-best 48-34 record. He’s a Boston native who graduated from Brown University in 1996, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and management. Silas also played four seasons for the Bears basketball team.

The Rockets are hoping Silas can lead the team to a championship with MVPs Russell Westbrook and James Harden on the roster. While Westbrook’s name has been mentioned in a few trade rumors since his contract is pretty hefty for a player who is declining in skills, odds are the Rockets keep Westbrook and Harden together since it’s hard to see a team trading for Russ and his lucrative contract.