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Daily Rocket Science: Keeping us on our toes

Dec 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after being called for a foul against the San Antonio Spurs in the first half of a NBA basketball game on Christmas at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 25, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) reacts after being called for a foul against the San Antonio Spurs in the first half of a NBA basketball game on Christmas at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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Just when I started to console myself about having Mike D’Antoni as a head coach, the Rockets’ management threw a couple more names in the mix.

It seems at this point that Leslie Alexander and Daryl Morey are just trying to keep fans on the edge of their seats, as if this is some thriller movie. The Houston Rockets will soon be out of time with at least a few of their prospects, seeing as they have their current teams’ issues to worry about.

For today’s Daily Rocket Science, we’ll look at new coach prospects, and more excitingly, the upcoming free agency prospects.

Houston Rockets news and notes from around the web

Since just a few days ago when Mike D’Antoni was considered the frontrunner for head coach, the Rockets have added at least three or four guys to the list of potentials. According to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, one of the candidates that’s drawing interest is one of the league’s premier assistant coaches, Stephen Silas, currently with the Charlotte Hornets. Silas is known for having a strong relationship with his players in the past, so he could fit nicely with James Harden.

Silas has long been known for strong relationships with his players, from Stephen Curry with the Warriors to Jeremy Lin when they reunited this season in Charlotte.

“He’s a big reason why I came to Charlotte,” Lin said. “He understands what we’re trying to do as a team and how I can improve as a player. He cares more. He watches the game multiple times after every game. He puts a lot more into it than the average person. He gives me reports after every 20 games or so and he breaks down every statistic. He explains to me what I’m doing well and what I need to work on. He puts different things on there that he thinks will be able to help me.”

Bleacher Report’s Timothy Rapp keeps an ongoing, updated list of who is on the Rockets’ radar for head coach, and it seems to be growing daily. The newest interviewees are two other assistant coaches from around the league, specifically from Orlando and  San Antonio.

The Rockets will interview Orlando Magic assistant coach Adrian Griffin, who was a finalist for the Orlando opening earlier in the offseason, per Mark Berman of Fox 26.

Marc Stein of ESPN reported the Rockets have scheduled an interview with San Antonio Spurs assistant James Borrego.

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Aside from the coaching situation, free agents will become available soon and the Rockets, along with nearly every other team in the league, will be making their case to several different players. Red Nation Hoops highlighted every free agent that could seem even moderately attractive to Houston, ranked by importance and discussing the likelihood of landing each of them.

"Having two big egos to have to balance in the locker room last year in Dwight and James did a lot more harm than good. Harden loves to give the ball up to his big men when trapped, and Horford slips screens about as well as any big in the league."

Stay tuned to Space City Scoop for daily updates on everything Rockets. Hopefully the management in Houston doesn’t keep us on our toes for too long.

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