Two Dallas Mavericks assistant coaches have the opportunity to interview for the big chair this off-season. Jamahl Mosley and Stephen Silas both have the green light to speak with the Chicago Bulls about their head coach vacancy, according to ESPN and confirmed by the Dallas Morning News.
Chicago severed ties with head coach Jim Boylen in mid-August after a subpar 22-43 season. This is the first head coaching search that executive vice president Arturas Karniosvas will conduct after assuming his current role with the team in April 2020.
“In terms of what we’re going to be looking for, we’re going to continue focusing on player development and an emphasis on player development, someone who puts relationships with players first and is a good communicator,” Karnisovas told reporters during a video conference in August, the Chicago Tribune reports. “There are a lot of factors going on in terms of criteria that we’re looking for in a coach, but those are the main ones.”
This isn’t the first time that Mosley’s name has come up as a possible pick for a head coaching position. As recently as June, Mosley interviewed for the top coaching job with the New York Knicks. The Knicks eventually hired Tom Thibodeau.
Mosley also interviewed to be the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach in 2019.
“He’s a young man that’s worked extremely hard to build up his reputation as a great young coach, great communicator,” Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said on ESPN Dallas 103.3 [KESN-FM] in June. “I don’t think he’s going to be with us much longer, honestly. … This guy is going to be a head coach sooner than later.”
As for Silas, who is the son of legendary coach Paul Silas, this is the first time he’s been looked at for a head coaching position since he joined the Mavericks. He’s previously interviewed for the top spot on the Houston Rockets’ and Atlanta Hawks while as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets, ne Bobcats.
Mosley joined the Mavericks in 2014. Silas became a member of Carlisle’s staff in 2018.