2. Consistent praise from former players and coaches
After two decades of coaching at the NBA level, one is bound to find people who have an opinion about their work. In the case of Silas, he’s been well-regarded, as one would have a hard time finding a negative word about the new Rockets coach.
I asked current Houston Rockets broadcaster and NBA champion Matt Bullard about the Silas hire, and he too had nothing but praise for the newest Rockets coach.
“My final season as a player was with the Charlotte Hornets when Paul Silas was the head coach and Stephen was an assistant. I know the foundation that Stephen comes from. I’ve watched him pay his dues all over the league for the last 20 years.”
Bullard also pointed out the wide range of coaches and players Silas has interacted with over the years, noting how his coaching style would fit with James Harden.
He has worked with a huge cross-section of players and coaches and is well liked by everyone. His time in Dallas and his knowledge of their offense with Luka playing just like Harden is invaluable. The Mavs offense had the number one offensive rating in NBA history last season. I think the Rockets have hired an excellent coach!”
Bullard wasn’t the only one to sing the praises of Silas.
The @HoustonRockets won this hire. Stephen Silas ran the Mavs offense. I’m told he blew the Rockets brass away with his presentation.His offensive vision for Houston.
Luka said..”I'm going to miss him a lot, Houston got a great coach, he's a big reason for my growth as a player." pic.twitter.com/vAb2ltf9mX
— MarkJonesESPN (@MarkJonesESPN) October 29, 2020
And the praise doesn’t stop there. Silas has been a mentor and a great coaching colleague for two decades, and as you can see, he is well-liked around the league.
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