Don Chaney, assistant coach with the National Basketball Association Atlanta Hawks, will be the new coach of the Houston Rockets, according to published reports today.

Chaney, 41, played at the University of Houston and professionally for the Boston Celtics. He was also an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons and head coach with the Los Angeles Clippers, where he compiled a 53-141 won-loss mark.The Houston Chronicle, quoting unnamed sources, reported today no other candidates were being considered for the job left vacant when Bill Fitch was fired Monday.

The Houston Post reported the Rockets no longer were taking applications.

Rockets General Manager Ray Patterson refused to confirm or deny the reports, saying only that while nothing is final, there would be no surprises.

Chaney was in Chicago attending an NBA predraft camp. He has said he would take the job if it were offered and that he expected no problem getting his release from his Atlanta job.

Chaney would become the eighth man to coach the Rockets in the team's 21-year history. Fitch ran the team for the past five years, compiling a 216-194 mark.