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Rockets Hire Mike D'Antoni As Head Coach

May 26, 2016 5:18 PM

The Houston Rockets have decided to hire Mike D'Antoni as head coach.

D'Antoni was last a head coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and was most recently an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Stephen Silas and James Borrego also received strong consideration from the Rockets.

Houston fired Kevin McHale last November and chose not to retain J.B. Bickerstaff after he served as interim head coach.

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James Borrego Gets 2nd Interview With Rockets

May 24, 2016 8:50 PM

James Borrego has moved from Monday's interview with Daryl Morey to a follow-up meeting with owner Leslie Alexander.

Borrego is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs after previously serving as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic. Borrego was briefly interim head coach of the Magic.

The Houston Rockets had seemingly narrowed their search to Mike D'Antoni and Stephen Silas, but they're again widening it.

Kevin McHale was fired in November and J.B. Bickerstaff wasn't retained after serving as interim head coach.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Blazers Request Permission To Interview Stephen Silas

May 23, 2016 5:26 PM

The Portland Trail Blazers have requested permission of the Charlotte Hornets to interview Stephen Silas.

Silas is a candidate for the head coaching job of the Houston Rockets as well as the top assistant job of the Golden State Warriors.

The Blazers could lose assistant coach Nate Tibbetts to the Warriors.

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Rockets To Interview James Borrego For Head Coaching Job

May 21, 2016 11:51 AM

The Houston Rockets have broadened their head coaching search beyond Mike D'Antoni, who appeared close to getting the job earlier in the week.

The Rockets have scheduled an interview for Monday with James Borrego.

Borrego is a finalist for the Memphis Grizzlies' job and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

Borrego will become the 11th known candidate to interview for the Rockets' opening, joining D'Antoni, Silas, Jeff Hornacek (who took the New York Knicks job), former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Toronto Raptors assistant Rex Kalamian‎, Grizzlies assistant Jeff Bzdelik, Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, TNT analyst Kenny Smith, Los Angeles Clippers assistant Sam Cassell and current Rockets assistant Chris Finch.

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Tags: Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors To Interview Stephen Silas For Top Assistant Job

May 20, 2016 5:29 PM

The Golden State Warriors have interest in pursuing Stephen Silas as their top assistant coach.

Golden State has requested permission from the Charlotte Hornets to interview Silas.

Golden State could no longer wait until the end of the playoffs to secure Luke Walton’s replacement because of Silas’ growing candidacy with the Houston Rockets.

Silas previously worked as an assistant coach with the Warriors from 2006 until 2010 under Don Nelson and Keith Smart. Silas built a strong working relationship with Stephen Curry.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Considering Hiring Stephen Silas With Lionel Hollins As Top Assistant

May 20, 2016 1:10 PM

The Houston Rockets are seriously considering hiring Stephen Silas as head coach with Lionel Hollins joining him as his top assistant.

Mike D'Antoni is also the other finalist for the Rockets' job.

Silas had a second interview with the Rockets on Thursday.

Silas is a longtime assistant coach as he became the youngest assistant in NBA history when he was hired at 27 in 2000.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

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Rockets Interview Rex Kalamian

May 19, 2016 7:16 PM

Rex Kalamian interviewed with the Houston Rockets in Cleveland on Thursday for their head coaching vacancy.

Daryl Morey and Les Alexander conducted the interview of Kalamian, who is an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors.

Kalamian joined the Raptors this season after six with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kalamian is a candidate to become an assistant coach with the Rockets as well, with the Washington Wizards and Scott Brooks another possibility. 

ESPN's Marc Stein and Calvin Watkins reports that the Rockets' interest in Kalamian is sparked in part by his relationship with James Harden and free agent target Kevin Durant.

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Rockets Again Interview Stephen Silas, Could Also Hire Him As Top Assistant

May 19, 2016 2:30 PM

Stephen Silas has received a second interview with the Houston Rockets.

The Rockets have been moving closer in the process to hire Mike D'Antoni but Silas made a strong impression in his first interview.

Silas isn’t the top assistant in Charlotte, and the Rockets could make a play to hire Silas to join D’Antoni as his top assistant.

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Dwight Howard Thought He Would Become 'Mini Shaq And Kobe' With James Harden

May 19, 2016 11:17 AM

Dwight Howard and James Harden were supposed to form one of the NBA's next great big man-guard combinations, but they never seemed to gel either on or off the court with the Houston Rockets.

"Before I got to Houston, I didn't know him as a person," said Howard. "What made me really interested in James Harden was the way he attacked the basket when he was at OKC. He was the glue of the team, attacking, making plays, dunking. I was thinking, 'Man, this guy could be special.' When I hit free agency, I watched YouTube tapes of James for hours. I looked at us as a mini Shaq and Kobe. I was thinking, 'Man, this could be a new life for both of us.' And we had some good stretches together. Made it to the Conference finals last season.''

Howard was asked to talk about what happened with their relationship.

"I don't know. ... I want to figure that out, too. I've been trying to wrap my mind around this season, what went wrong, and sometimes you can allow outside things to interrupt the circle. That probably happened with us.''

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Tags: Dwight Howard, James Harden, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwight Howard Asked Daryl Morey 'Why Am I Here?' When Told Of Reduced Role

May 19, 2016 11:14 AM

Dwight Howard was asked to elaborate on why he felt "disinterested" during parts of his season with the Houston Rockets.

"There were times I was disinterested because of situations that happened behind the scenes that really hurt me," said Howard. "It left me thinking, 'This is not what I signed up for.'''

Howard was asked to specify what he was referring to.

"I felt like my role was being reduced. I went to [Rockets general manager] Daryl [Morey] and said, 'I want to be more involved.' Daryl said, 'No, we don't want you to be.' My response was, 'Why not? Why am I here?' It was shocking to me that it came from him instead of our coach. So I said to him, 'No disrespect to what you do, but you've never played the game. I've been in this game a long time. I know what it takes to be effective.'''

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Mike D'Antoni Emerges As Top Candidate For Rockets
The Rockets have begun gauging the market on possible top assistant coaches to join Mike D'Antoni.

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Jeff Van Gundy No Longer Being Considered For Rockets' Job
Jeff Van Gundy was head coach of the Rockets from 2003 until 2007.

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Mike D'Antoni To Receive 2nd Interview With Rockets
Mike D'Antoni is currently associate head coach of the 76ers.

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Kenny Smith Ruled Out By Rockets In Coaching Search
Kenny Smith is a Rockets' legend and received support for the job from large parts of the fan base.

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Rockets Identify Al Horford As Top Free Agent Target
Al Horford will be an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career since being drafted by the Hawks in 2007.

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Dwight Howard Hasn't Made Decision Upon Future With Rockets
Dwight Howard could sign a max contract worth $30 million per season.

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Kenny Smith To Interview For Rockets' Job
Kenny Smith won two titles with the Rockets in the 1990s and is one of their more celebrated role players.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Rockets Schedule Interviews With Jeff Hornacek, Stephen Silas
Jeff Hornacek was fired this season by the Suns, while Silas has been an assistant coach for the Hornets since 2010.

Calvin Watkins/ESPN

Rockets Could Interview 10-15 Head Coaching Candidates
The Rockets' list of candidates could reach 10-15.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

J.B. Bickerstaff Withdraws Candidacy For Rockets' Job
J.B. Bickerstaff has received interest from rival teams about lead assistant coaching positions.

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Mavs Have Dwight Howard Atop Offseason Wishlist
Dwight Howard is expected to opt out of his contract with the Rockets.

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Rockets Dispute Notion Chemistry Isn't Properly Considered
The Rockets never were able to come together as Daryl Morey expected this season.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Daryl Morey Accuses Rival Teams Of Shaping Negative Stories About Rockets
Daryl Morey defended the Rockets' season from criticism and also accused other teams of planting or influencing stories about the team.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

NBA: Refs Should Have Called Foul On James Harden Before Game-Winner
It appeared James Harden pushed off Andre Iguodala before converting the 10-foot step back jumper with 2.7 seconds to play.


Rockets' Top Candidates Believed To Be Jeff Van Gundy, Scott Brooks
Jeff Van Gundy was head coach of the Rockets until 2007 and he's since been in broadcasting.

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Daryl Morey's Job With Rockets Not In Danger
Daryl Morey has been general manager of the Rockets since 2007.

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Rockets Could Bring Back J.B. Bickerstaff, But Interested In Thibodeau, Brooks
The Rockets were in the Western Conference Finals a year ago and struggled for much of the season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Rockets To Evaluate Job Of Daryl Morey In Offseason
Daryl Morey's contract runs through the 17-18 season.

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Parsons Remains Close To Dwight, Not At All With DeAndre
Dwight Howard will be a free agent this offseason and the Mavericks are expected to pursue him.

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Jason Terry, Chuck Person Interview For UAB Head Coaching Job
Jason Terry is still with the Rockets in the NBA.

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