From Dallas to Houston. Stephen Silas remains in Texas, but he rises in rank: the assistant of Rick Carlisle with the Mavericks will become head coach with the Rockets! The information, revealed by Adrian Wojnarowski fromESPN, has not yet been confirmed by Houston but Dallas owner Mark Cuban has congratulated his future ex-assistant on Twitter (“Congratulations coach Silas!”). Stephen Silas (47) is expected to sign a four-year contract, succeeding Mike d’Antoni, who decided to leave last September after four seasons with the Rockets (he arrived at the end of the contract).
Silas passed through Charlotte, Cleveland, Golden State …
Son of former three-time NBA champion Paul Silas, Stephen Silas began his career as a recruiter in Charlotte in 2000, before becoming her assistant two years later. Then he joined Cleveland in 2003, as an assistant, before leaving for Washington in 2005 to re-become a recruiter. He then spent four seasons as an assistant at Golden State (2006-10), then eight in Charlotte, where he returned to serve as an assistant. In 2018, he joined Rick Carlisle in Dallas and the latter is full of praise for him: “It’s a great recruiting for the Rockets. Stephen did a great job here in Dallas and helped us get back to the playoffs. I am delighted for him and his family ”.
How will Silas play?
It remains to be seen how Silas will play the Rockets, who decided in the middle of last season to change everything to “play small” (most players were less than 2m). Fourth in the Western Conference (44 wins – 28 losses), James Harden, Russell Westbrook and their teammates were finally eliminated in the semi-finals of the play-offs by the Lakers (4-1), future winners, in the Orlando bubble. With this arrival of Silas in Houston, there is only one free bench left in the NBA for next season, that of Oklahoma City.