Rockets coach Stephen Silas remembers his father, Paul Silas

To understand Stephen Silas’s connection to Boston, consider his first words. “Jo Jo White,” says Silas laughing. White was a decade-long anchor of the 1970s Celtics and a teammate of Silas’s father, Paul, for four seasons. “Dad was pissed,” recalls Silas. “He wanted it to be Dad or Daddy. But I watched a lot of games back then. And I guess I said Jo Jo.”

Silas, the head coach of the Rockets, will be in Boston on Tuesday for the first time since Paul passed away earlier this month. Paul Silas played 16 seasons in the NBA as a bruising, 6’7″ forward. He was drafted by St. Louis, made his first All-Star team in Phoenix and won a title in Seattle. But there was one franchise he truly connected with. “Boston,” says Stephen. “He loved being a Celtic.”

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