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Report: Rockets considering John Lucas as head coach

Rockets assistant coach John Lucas

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 20: Assistant coach of the Houston Rockets John Lucas looks on during warm up before the game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on February 20, 2020 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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John Lucas coached the Spurs (1992-1994), 76ers (1994-96) and Cavaliers (2001-03).

Seventeen years after his last NBA head-coaching job, will the Rockets give him another one?

Marc Stein of The New York Times:

If hired, Lucas would set the record for most seasons between non-interim NBA head-coaching jobs.

Dave Cowens also went 17 seasons between jobs, but he finished the 1978-79 season as player-coach only after the Celtics fired Tom Sanders. Cowens later became the Hornets’ head coach in 1996.

Paul Silas took over for Cowens in Charlotte during the 1998-99 season – 15 seasons removed from Silas coaching the San Diego Clippers. Hubie Brown also went 15 full seasons between coaching the Knicks in 1986-87 and Grizzlies in 2002-03.

Lucas, who’ll turn 67 this month, remains respected among NBA players. Connecting with James Harden and Russell Westbrook is particularly important in Houston.

The Rockets are still considering other candidates, including Tyronn Lue.