With the prospective start of the new NBA season about just a month and a half away if the December 22 date holds true, the Houston Rockets made moves to finalize their coaching staff behind new hire and first-time head coach Stephen Silas.
In addition, they also hired former player development coach for the Orlando Magic Rick Higgins to presumably take a similar role with the Rockets, as the team’s former play development coach — Lucas — looks to take on an expanded role under Silas.
Orlando player development coach Rick Higgins is joining Stephen Silas as an assistant with the Houston Rockets, sources tell ESPN. Higgins joins former head coaches John Lucas and Jeff Hornacek on the new staff. Higgins is the son of ex-NBA player and GM Rod Higgins.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 10, 2020
Both of these guys bring experience to their roles, but it’s especially pertinent for Hornacek, who despite holding just a career 161-216 record as a head coach, is highly respected and a perfect complement for a first-timer. Any new coach needs experienced and capable people backing them up, and despite the all-time grudge I’ll hold on Hornacek forever as a player, he brings needed qualities to the team as an assistant coach.
So that’s four good hires for the Rockets now: Silas, Lucas, Higgins, and Hornacek. Silas will be the mastermind, Lucas will relate to the guys the best, while Hornacek brings some grit and toughness, while Higgins likely works scouting and/or development.
The staff may not be 100 percent finalized, but they’re getting close, and we’ll update you the next time we have a hire.
In the meantime, do you have any thoughts on how the staff is taking shape so far?