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Report: Stephen Silas and Mike D’Antoni are finalists for Rockets job, but interviews ongoing

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PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Head coach Mike D’Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on December 23, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 117-90. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Rockets may be set to interview James Borrego for their head coaching position, and Magic assistant Adrian Griffin is also on the list. But those interviews seem to be due diligence, according to the Houston Chronicle‘s Jonathan Feigen, who adds that Mike D’Antoni and Stephen Silas are the two likeliest candidates for the job:

Even if the Rockets are zeroed in on their top choices, it’s a smart approach to keep talking to other candidates, so they have as much information as possible. Somebody could unexpectedly blow them away in an interview, and then they’d have a candidate they hadn’t previously considered. Establishing relationships with these coaching candidates also makes it more likely they’d consider being assistants if they don’t get a head job elsewhere.