As the Golden State Warriors are set to lose Luke Walton, who had taken the coaching job for the Los Angeles Lakers, all eyes are on Stephen Silas who is rumored to have an interest of the Warriors.
The 42-year old son of a long time NBA head coach Paul Silas, who is also being considered by the Houston Rockets for the head coaching job, will fly to Oklahoma City on Monday for a scheduled interview with the Warriors. The Warriors are playing the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals with the series tied at one game apiece.
Calvin Watkins reported that with Walton taking on the coaching job with the Lakers, an opening in their coaching staff really needs someone to fill the spot and Silas is strongly considered by the Warriors. League sources added that Silas’ name was part of the list that Warriors coach Steve Kerr has given to the team’s front office to pursue.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical writes that the Warriors have asked permission from the Charlotte Bobcats to formally interview Silas. It is said that the Warriors could not wait to get a replacement for Walton by the end of this season. Silas is a strong contender for the Warriors considering that he once held the top assistant coach job with the Warriors from 2006-2010 and has already built a strong relationship with some of the players including the league’s MVP Stephen Curry.
Aside from being with the coaching staff, Silas is considered a top scout since started working then for the Charlotte Hornets back in 1999. He would also serve as the scout for the Washington Wizards from 2005 to 2006. As an assistant coach, Silas has been a member of the coaching staff of the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets from 2000 to 2003; Cleveland Cavaliers from 2003 to 2005; with the Warriors; and then with the Bobcats from 2010 until present.
He also serves as head coach for the Warriors back in the Summer League in Las Vegas he also served as the Cavaliers coach in the Summer League in 2003 that was held in Boston and in Orlando. He also served as the head coach for the Hornets Summer League squad at the 2002 Orlando Summer Pro League. In addition to his work with NBA teams, Silas coached at the 2003 and 2007 NBA Pre-Draft camps.
Aside from Silas, the Warriors were looking at Brain Shaw as well, but Shaw, as reported by league sources, will definitely join Walton in the Lakers organization and will turn down the offer from the Indiana Pacers.
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