Leslie Alexander Rumors
Jonathan Feigen: In addition to Mike D’Antoni, Rockets seriously weighing Stephen Silas as coach with Lionel Hollins as his top assistant, source said. As mentioned yesterday, Silas is extremely impressive and highly regarded by players. Hollins’ creds obviously speak for themselves. Rockets have thought highly of Hollins for years. Hoped to add him to McHale’s staff post-Sampson, but Hollins landed Nets job. Worth noting Alexander likes to hire very bright people. Silas a Brown grad; double major in Organizational Behavior/ Management, Sociology.
Mike D’Antoni’s candidacy for the Houston Rockets’ coaching job is gaining momentum, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN on Wednesday that D’Antoni has emerged as a leading candidate for the post, having impressed Rockets owner Leslie Alexander in multiple conversations since the search began. Alexander vowed to ESPN last month during the playoffs that he would take a more active role in this coaching search than he has in the past.
There had been significant support within the Rockets’ front office for a reunion with Van Gundy, but it became apparent that owner Leslie Alexander was uncertain about restoring the partnership, league sources said.
Sources say Jeff Van Gundy has received strong support from Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to make a return to Houston for a second stint as the team’s coach, but also maintain that Alexander has yet to be fully sold on a reunion with the ESPN analyst, who has been working in television since the sides parted ways in May 2007.