After Luke Walton became the first head coach to get fired this NBA season, the dominoes may be starting to fall around the rest of the league too.
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer reported on Wednesday that the Houston Rockets are weighing the future of coach Stephen Silas. The Rockets are now 1-16 on the year, and Fischer adds that Silas’ coaching performance has been criticized around the NBA, particularly his “disorganized and undisciplined” offense. Rockets assistant coach John Lucas may be the likely interim choice if Silas is ultimately dismissed, the report notes.
The Rockets were expected to be bad this season, and the fact that they are rebuilding is all but blatantly obvious. Just look at the way that the team has been handling veteran John Wall. Under Silas, though, the Rockets have been not just bad, but horrific. They are now a comical 18-71 (.202) in Silas’ two seasons and are on an active 15-game losing streak, making them the worst team in the league.
In fairness to Silas, he inherited a difficult situation. He signed on as coach of the Rockets late last year only to have the rug pulled out from under him when James Harden, Russell Westbrook and GM Daryl Morey all skipped town within days or weeks of Silas’ hiring. The NBA is an unsympathetic business, even if Silas seems to be well-liked around the league.