Jeff Van Gundy reportedly was one of the three finalists for the Houston Rockets head coaching job along with John Lucas and Stephen Silas.
According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Russell Westbrook and James Harden didn’t really like the idea of the Rockets replacing Mike D’Antoni with Jeff Van Gundy.
(via Real GM):
“Van Gundy, I don’t know if there was a lot of buy in or any buy in from James Harden or Russell Westbrook,” said Tim MacMahon on the Brian Windhorst podcast. “And I don’t know if Jeff Van Gundy necessarily wanted to, you know, have to beg to coach guys. And so I think personality wise, that might not have been a match.”
The Rockets ended up hiring rookie head coach Stephen Silas, who was an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks last season under Rick Carlisle.
With Houston being in ‘win-now’ mode, to hire a rookie head coach to work with two established superstars and former MVPs is quite the risk.
However, the reports suggested the Rockets were impressed with Silas’ offensive plan, as he had a part in one of the most efficient offenses in the history of the NBA in Dallas last season.
Here you can listen to the full conversation between Brian Windhost, Tim MacMahon and Tim Bontemps: