Houston Coaching Search Expected To Include Ime Udoka, Kenny Atkinson, Frank Vogel, Nick Nurse
The Houston Rockets are expected to decline their fourth-year option for head coach Stephen Silas. This will end Silas’ three-year tenure as Rockets head coach.
Houston is expected to go after an experienced head coach. Names under consideration are Ime Udoka, Kenny Atkinson, Frank Vogel and Nick Nurse.
Udoka has not coached this season after being suspended by the Boston Celtics for inappropriate workplace conduct. Udoka and the Celtics have parted ways and he’s eligible to interview for new jobs this offseason. Udoka led Boston to the 2022 NBA Finals in his lone season as Celtics head coach.
Atkinson was initially named as the Charlotte Hornets head coach last offseason, before changing his mind. He returned to the Golden State Warriors as an assistant coach. Atkinson previously ran the sideline for the Brooklyn Nets for four seasons.
Vogel has sat out this season after being fired by the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2021-22 season. Vogel won the 2020 title with the Lakers. He has also coached the Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic.
Nick Nurse is widely expected to consider other opportunities this summer as a coaching free agent. Nurse has coached the Raptors for five seasons, including winning the 2019 NBA Finals.