Paul Silas was a professional NBA coach for the Hornets
Stephen Silus's dad Paul Silus appoint him as the youngest assistant coach.
A star player and coach, Paul lifted the NBA championships three times as a player. The Arkansas-born power forward played NBA All-Star games twice while he was in the NBA All-Defensive Team five times.
Known for his rebounds, Paul set the most rebound records for Creighton University. He was the 10th overall pick in the 1964 NBA Draft.
The power forward played for five different NBA teams, winning three championships. He won two championships with the Boston Celtics and one with the Seattle Supersonics.
Paul Guided Stephen Towards Coaching Career
Stephen had a lot of potential to become an NBA coach, but his father provided him the opportunities that didn't come easy.
In 2001, Paul was leading the Hornets with yet another successful season when he decided to appoint Stephen as an assistant coach. He was the youngest NBA assistant coach at the time.
As a result, Stephen became an assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors after his father left the Hornets. The young assistant is credited for the development of Stephen Curry, one of the greatest basketball players.
So, in many ways, his father cemented his coaching career for Stephen. And now, he is the head coach of the Houston Rockets.
Stephen Silus Is Keen To Keep His Father's Legacy
The former Hornets coach met his demise on December 10, 2022. He died of cardiac arrest.
Moreover, the tragedy left an unavoidable void on the Rockets' coach. His dad was his role model and he said it wasn't easy moving on from such an incident.
Stephen Silas will miss Saturday's game in Detroit to attend a memorial for his dad, Paul Silas. (John Lucas will serve as HC.)— Vanessa Richardson (@SportsVanessa) January 26, 2023
"There's no playbook for grief. I miss him a lot."
Said he's looking forward to seeing the many folks his dad impacted.
After skipping a Rockets game to go to his father's funeral, Stephen went to a Boston game to remember his father. Wherever Paul played, he always felt Boston was his home. He won two NBA championships with the Celtics.
Even though Paul is gone, he will be remembered for his contribution to the basketball family as a player and a coach.