• James Harden
    G, Houston Rockets

    Jeff Bzdelik, the associate head coach who molded the Rockets’ defense into one of the NBA’s best last year, agreed to return to the team on Monday.

    Bzdelik abruptly retired a few days before the start of training camp due to a personal issue that has now been resolved. He agreed to a contract for the remainder of the season to serve in the same role, while he is expected to join the team full-time by the end of November. Mike D’Antoni said Bzdelik will begin consulting with the team immediately and participate in a few practices before he has to step away “for some obligations.” The Rockets improved to the sixth-ranked defense in the NBA last season, ranking third in the second half of the season. The departure of Trevor Aliza and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has hurt the team defensively but it will be interesting to see if Bzdelik‘s system is able to mitigate the damage.

    Source: Houston Chronicle