Rockets coach Stephen Silas reflects on coaching rookie Steph Curry




 

Historically, Steph Curry hasn't made too many friends in Houston. The Warriors star and two-time MVP is 4-0 against the Rockets in the NBA playoffs, including a pair of dramatic series wins in 2018 and 2019.

But the animosity has died down in recent months after James Harden's exit, which took Houston out of immediate playoff contention and put the Rockets on a different timeline than Golden State - which is led by a trio of 30-somethings (Curry, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson).

It also helps that Curry has a strong relationship with Stephen Silas, who took over as Houston's head coach before the 2020-21 season. Silas was a Golden State assistant when Curry entered the league, and they made a quick bond as Silas worked to help develop the No. 7 overall pick from the 2009 NBA draft. In his personal documentary, which debuted Friday, here's what Silas said about his time with Curry as a rookie:

Similarly, when Golden State last visited Houston in May, Curry said postgame that he was rooting for the Silas-led Rockets to succeed.

Among his comments:

"To see where he's come from to where he is now, MVPs and leading the team… it's hard to see when you're the coach of the opposing team, but he's just a great person and a great player," Silas said in May.

Now, in the offseason-compiled documentary, Silas can offer more perspective and without the immediate backdrop of defeat.

"They knew he could shoot, but they thought he was slow and small," Silas said of his early-career stint with Curry. "But he got his body together, he got his mind right, and he was just a pleasure to coach."

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