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Stephen Silas gets emotional discussing Kevin Porter Jr.’s extension with the Houston Rockets - “It means a lot”

Porter's extension doesn't mean that the hard work is over, and it will be interesting to see how he and Silas team up to make themselves better, and the Rockets better, over the next few seasons
Stephen Silas gets emotional discussing Kevin Porter Jr.’s extension with the Houston Rockets - “It means a lot”

Kevin Porter Jr.

The Houston Rockets are assembling a young core group that has the makings of being a surprise team in the 2022-23 season. One of the faces of the team is Kevin Porter Jr., who has rebuilt his career after a failed start with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Porter has become the leader of the Rockets' offense and is poised to take a step forward this upcoming season.

Kevin Porter Jr.'s extension made Rockets head coach Stephen Silas emotional

Porter hasn't been perfect with Houston, but he can score the ball on his own and create shows for others, making him the ideal guy to lead their offense during the rebuild. He turned his success with the Rockets into a four-year, $82.5 million extension, and while only the first year of the deal is guaranteed, Porter's future is clearly with the Rockets.

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Porter's turnaround in Houston has been pretty remarkable, and it's been great for all to watch, including Rockets head coach Stephen Silas. Porter has been open in saying that the move to the Rockets probably saved his life, and when asked about Porter's extension, Silas became emotional, saying that Porter's turnaround means a lot to him and it's required a lot of work from both sides to be able to make their partnership work.

Kevin Porter Jr. has earned his extension, but the work doesn't stop now

Silas' reflection shows how far Porter has come. He was traded off the Cleveland Cavaliers after an outburst due to a locker change to accommodate his new teammate Taurean Prince, which resulted in him playing only 50 games with the Cavs. Porter was a lost cause at this point, but within a season and a half, he has managed to largely turn things around with the Rockets.

Just because he got his new deal doesn't mean the hard work is over for Porter, though. His deal is structured where only the first year is guaranteed, meaning that Porter will have to continue playing well, or else the Rockets will move on from him. It will likely take a lot for that to happen, and the full $82.5 million of this deal is attainable for Porter, but he will have to earn it.

Chances are Porter will continue to take steps forward as a player now that he has found a home in Houston's backcourt. The Rockets' youth movement could allow them to become one of the biggest surprises in the NBA if he can. Silas has played a big role in helping Porter turn his career around; now it will be interesting to see how the pair work together to improve themselves and a budding young Rockets team.

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