Tuesday 23rd April 2024,
The Hoop Doctors

Houston Rockets Now Looking at Charlotte Hornets Stephen Silas For Head Coaching Job

Stephen Silas

Breaking: The Houston Rockets’ coaching search remains all over place.

Following the removal of Kenny Smith and Jeff Van Gundy from consideration, Mike D’Antoni is still being painted as the lead choice to replace Kevin McHale, who was temporarily succeeded by J.B. Bickerstaff. But another name is starting to gain steam–names, actually.

The Rockets, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle are taking a long, hard look at Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas, who would apparently be accompanied by former Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins as his assistant:

Think this is some sort of a smokescreen—a negligible footnote in the carousel that is the Rockets’ coaching search?

Think again.

This is apparently a serious dalliance:

With the coaching well drying up and only one other vacancy (Memphis Grizzlies) remaining, expect the Rockets to make their decision. They will likely want a coach in place for draft and free-agency prep, and such groundwork is already underway.

As for who they will actually hire, that’s almost anyone’s guess. Yours truly pegged Van Gundy as the favorite and was wrong. D’Antoni seems like the more established choice for a Rockets team bent on returning to contention soon, but the clout Silas carries as an innovative mind and guardian of player respect cannot be ignored.

So, basically, count on the final decision coming down to those two.

Then again, maybe not.

This Rockets coaching search has, after all, been anything but bankable.

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