The Houston Rockets announced Monday that they have declined the team’s option on head coach Stephen Silas for the 2023-2024 season, initiating the search for a replacement.
Silas spent three full seasons with the Rockets.
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«On behalf of the Fertitta family and the entire Rockets organization, I would like to thank Stephen for his contributions to the team and the Houston community over the past three seasons,» Rockets general manager Rafael Stone said in a statement. a statement.
«I have tremendous respect for Stephen as a person and as a basketball mindset. His character, leadership and positivity have been invaluable during this stage of our growth.»
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Silas took over as the Rockets’ head coach after Mike D’Antoni managed the team for several years. Houston went from fourth in the Western Conference during the pandemic-impacted 2019-20 season to 15th after the team moved from James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Clint Capela.
Houston never won more than 22 games under Silas’ tenure. He went 59-177 in those three seasons. The 2020-2021 season had a 72-game schedule.
Silas, the son of the late Paul Silas, had served as an assistant coach on various teams before joining the Rockets. He was with the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors, the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets, and the Dallas Mavericks.
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It’s unclear who the Rockets will target to replace Silas.