clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Rockets trying to line up big-name group of assistants for Stephen Silas

New, comments

The Rockets have been linked to several former head coaches to come on the new staff.

NBA: Indiana Pacers at Miami Heat Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Rockets did the right thing and hired Steven Silas, the best man for the job. Not only was he responsible for the emergence of Luka Doncic while on staff for the Dallas Mavericks this past season, he’s considered an offensive innovator and reportedly has the full support of the players in the locker room.

But being that he’s a first-time head coach, it’s important that the Houston front office surrounds him with capable assistant coaches, and it appears they are doing just that.

First, it’s being reported that former Indiana Pacers head coach Nate McMillan could join the staff. According to Marc Stein, he’s deciding between two teams.

In his coaching career, the former player has also served as head coach of the Seattle Supersonics and Portland Trail Blazers in addition to Indiana, where he holds an all-time record of 661-588 (.529). His teams have made the postseason nine times, while only making it out of the first round once.

The former steals leader in 1994 and two-time All-Defensive Team selection would bring defensive acumen to the Rockets, while Silas coordinates the offense. He would be a phenomenal hire as an assistant.

In addition, the Rockets are also talking with Jeff Hornacek about coming aboard as an assistant. This former Rockets rival played for the Utah Jazz in the mid-’90s and was actually one of my personal most hated players of all-time. The three-point specialist annoyed the hell out of me with his Jerry Sloan-inspired dirty play, but there was no denying his abilities as a shooter.

Following his career as a player, he then went on to work as an assistant coach for the Jazz before eventually serving as a head coach for the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks. He holds just a 161-216 career record and never made the playoffs working for those two moribund franchises. I wouldn’t want him as a head coach, but he’d be a fine addition as an assistant.

Other potential assistants being considered are John Lucas, who was serving on former Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni’s staff as the head of player development and who was also considered one of the three finalists for the job eventually given to Silas, and a new surprise name has also emerged as a potential hire.

Former Rockets point guard and street ball superstar Rafer Alston has expressed interest in joining Silas’ staff.

Alston played for the Rockets from 2005-2009 and had an 11-year career in the Association before capping off his playing days in China. He averaged 10.1 points and 4.8 assists per game for his career, and I think he’s be a good addition to help coach Houston’s guard-heavy roster and also to learn the ropes from Silas, who also specializes in guard play.

That’s a nice lineup of potential assistants, and we’ll update you as soon as the Rockets make a hire.