Rockets' new coach, GM: Goal remains NBA title

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After an offseason of major change for the Houston Rockets, the team’s new general manager and head coach emphasized that the franchise’s primary goal remains the same: Chase a championship with a roster that features perennial MVP candidate James Harden as the franchise centerpiece.

“For the last eight years or so, our goal has been to win a championship because we had James Harden,” general manager Rafael Stone, a longtime Rockets front office employee promoted after Daryl Morey’s resignation, said during a virtual news conference to introduce recently hired head coach Stephen Silas. “We’ve still got James Harden. Our goal is still to win a championship, and if you’ve got him, you’re halfway there.

“It’s incumbent on me and Stephen and the whole team to figure out the rest of the whole, but the key piece is there.”

Silas, 47, whose two decades of experience as an NBA assistant coach include most recently serving as Rick Carlisle’s offensive coordinator with the Dallas Mavericks, was selected from a pool of candidates the Rockets interviewed to replace Mike D’Antoni.

D’Antoni, who opted not to attempt to return to the Rockets after his contract expired at

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