Mavs Aide Silas To Become Rockets Head Coach

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Stephen Silas is finalizing a deal to become the next head coach of the Houston Rockets, per a report.
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DALLAS - Mavs lead assistant coach Stephen Silas is finalizing a deal to replace Mike D'Antoni as the next head coach of the Houston Rockets, per a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The son of famed former NBA coach and player Paul Silas, Stephen will be getting his first NBA head coaching job at age 47.

Silas was a serious candidate to take over the head coaching position for the Houston Rockets in 2015-16 but eventually lost out to D'Antoni. 

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At one time, Silas was also the youngest assistant coach in the NBA at the age of 27, when he was hired by the New Orleans Hornets, where he worked under Steve Clifford. 

Silas has over 16 years of NBA experience behind him, as well as 14 years as an assistant coach for franchises such as the Mavs, the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, the Golden State Warriors, the Washington Wizards, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the New Orleans Hornets. 

Known during his time as an assistant as an innovative offensive mind, Silas eventually came to the Mavs in 2018, where he immediately paid dividends for the franchise.

As head coach Rick Carlisle's right-hand man over that time, Silas played an integral role in developing the offense around Mavs star Luka Doncic, helping the team become one of the most productive offenses in NBA history. 

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D'Antoni stepped down as the Rockets head coach following an underwhelming postseason showing in the Orlando bubble, in which the Rockets were run off the floor by the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in just five games. 

Silas will take over a position with the Rockets in which he will have some elite offensive talent already at his deposal, including former MVP's James Harden and Russell Westbrook, and three-point sharp-shooter Eric Gordon.