NBA Coach Consoles and Prays with Winning Coach On-Camera After First Game Back Since Father’s Death

Following Tuesday night’s NBA loss to the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns Head Coach Monty Williams embraced and prayed with the winning team’s head coach, who had lost his father three days earlier.

The Rockets’ Stephen Silas had just coached his first game since his father’s death, after which Williams went over and joined him in prayer, CBN reports:

“Phoenix Suns Coach Monty Williams was caught on camera quietly embracing and praying for Houston coach Stephen Silas after their teams played each other Tuesday night.

“The heartwarming moment came after Silas’ father, two-time NBA All-Star and NBA Coach Paul Silas died at 79 over the weekend. It was Stephen Silas’ first game back since his father’s passing.”

Video of the two coaches was tweeted by Sports Spectrum Director of Media Jason Romano, who described the scene after the Rockets’ 111-97 win:

“Suns coach Monty Williams is the real deal. After a tough loss, he embraces Houston coach Stephen Silas and PRAYS for him after the loss of his dad Paul Silas. Beautiful display of love and empathy.”

Williams, a devout Christian, is well-known for his faith, both on and off the court.

“In 20 years of pro athlete ministry, no matter what team, he is legit,” team chaplain Travis Hearn said, praising Williams in a 2021 interview. “He is with me in chapel every single game, never misses, with his Bible, with the players.”


After leading the Suns to the best record in both the NBA and team history in the 2021-22 season, Williams won the NBA’s Coach of the Year honor. For the past two years, the National Basketball Coaches Association has honored him with its Coach of the Year award.


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