NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets hire Mike D’Antoni as head coach, Stephen Silas as assistant

NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets hire Mike D’Antoni as head coach, Stephen Silas as assistant

The Houston Rockets’ coaching search is nearing to an after two candidates, Mike D’Antoni and Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas, are left to compete for the head coach vacancy.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey sets a meeting on Thursday with Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Stephen Silas for his second interview. The Rockets decided to look for a person with a head coaching experience or extensive experience as an assistant.

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Based on a previous report, former Phoenix Suns’ head coach is considered the top candidate for the Rockets’ head coach position. ESPN also reported that when D’Antoni emerged as a leading candidate, Houston officials want at least one defensive-minded coach on D’Antoni’s staff to serve as defensive coordinator. Rockets officials revealed that the ongoing search process is to look for an associate head coach to work along D’Antoni.

There are speculations that Stephen Silas is the emerging candidate for the Rockets’ lead assistant role. The Rockets can easily get Silas from the Hornets since he was not the lead assistant coach. The Rockets’ decision to hire a defensive-minded assistant like Silas will be a huge factor in team’s rebuilding process, especially with their main man James Harden.

With the latest rumors having Dwight Howard leaving the Rockets, the team will be releasing a huge salary cap enough to hire a big man in the free agency market. The Rockets rumored head coach Mike D’Antoni and rumored assistant Stephen Silas should take part in choosing the right man to be James Harden tandem next season.

Mike D’Antoni should be focusing on implementing the right strategy that will lead to team chemistry. Knowing that he had already mentored Harden way back in the 2012 USA Basketball Olympic team, D’Antoni is already familiar with how he plays. Also, Silas can mentor Harden in improving his defense, which many considered his weakness.

Once the Rockets plan goes as expected, there is a greater possibility that the James Harden-led Houston Rockets will be reaching a higher level next season.

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