In his return to the Houston Rockets, head coach Stephen Silas can only be grateful for the warm thoughts and prayers that he and his family have received upon the passing of his father, Paul.

On the team’s pregame against the Phoenix Suns, Silas shared his thoughts on the memories and regards that were delivered about his late father, who cemented himself as a renowned basketball player and coach in the association.

“I’m very proud to be my dad’s son,” Silas said Tuesday, via Ben DuBose of USA TODAY. “I’m very proud that people see him in me. Whenever it is my time comes, I want people to say the same things they said over the last couple of days about him, hopefully they’ll say that about me.”

Upon his father’s passing, Silas took a temporary absence from his head coaching duties to the Rockets. Still, without him, the young club went on to dedicate the Sunday dub over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Silas was proud of what Houston had shown amid his unavailability, and ultimately cherished the honoring that they gave.

“It was obviously a hard time for me and my family. To watch these guys try their hardest, and play the game they played, it just shows the character in that locker room. The words they said after meant a lot.”