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Stephen Silas returns to bench for Rockets, talks about passing of his father Paul

Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 13: Houston Rockets head coach Stephen Silas reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Toyota Center on December 13, 2022 in Houston, Texas. 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 Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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There are moments much bigger than basketball.

Before the Suns took on the Rockets Tuesday, both Chris Paul and Bismack Biyombo came up, hugged Stephen Silas and shed a tear with the Rockets coach pregame. They shared memories and passed along their condolences and love to Silas, whose father Paul — a giant of the game — passed away over the weekend.

Tuesday night, Silas spoke publicly about his father’s passing for the first time.

A couple of highlights:

“I don’t know if it makes it easier or not, but my dad was a coach and he would tell me to coach. Get your butt out there and coach. So that’s what I did.”

“I’m very proud to be my dad’s son. I’m very proud that people see him in me. And I want that to continue. Whenever it is my time comes, I want people to say the same things that they said about him over the last couple of days about (me). And hopefully they’ll do that.”

The Rockets rewarded their coach with a 111-97 win over the slumping Suns.