New step in the reconstruction of the Rockets, this time targeting their coaching staff. According to local journalist Mark Berman, the Texans have added Lionel Hollins, Mike Batiste and Mahmoud Abdelfattah to their technical staff, who will work under the head coachStephen Silas.
Of the three added to the Houston project, the most recognizable is Lionel Hollins. At 68, he comes to the Rockets after a long 37-year career in which, in addition to being an assistant, he has been head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets. He now leaves his last job as an assistant in the Lakers to start a new stage in Texas.
Unlike Hollins, Mike Batiste and Mahmoud Abdelfattah are in the early days of their careers. Batiste, after completing his playing career almost entirely in Europe, returned to the United States in 2014 to start his career as an assistant in the G League Canton Charge, where he spent two years. He has since played the same role on the Booklyn Nets, Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic.
Lastly, Abdelfattah is a young Palestinian coach, only 34 years old, who began his path on the bench in high school and university, and who since 2018 has been linked to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he has been champion in 2022 of the G League as head coach, also receiving the Coach of the Year award. Yes, we can say that he is an emerging talent from the benches.
They will be part of the assistants who will have to accompany and help Silas in the growth of the young Rockets, who in the current market have only moved to renew Jae’Sean Tate for three years and 22 million dollars. The most important work of the year will not be done in the offices, but in the gym and on the training track.
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