Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni won the 2016-17 NBA Coach of the Year award on Monday night. This is D'Antoni's second time winning the award, as he won with the Suns back in the 2004-05…
June 9, 2019, 8:39 amTeam, Houston Rockets
Refuting an earlier report, Mike D’Antoni’s agent, Warren LeGarie, said that the Rockets and his client “have not been talking and…not closer to a deal.”
LeGarie didn’t mince words, saying that while the two sides have technically reengaged since their first negotiations fell apart, the Rockets presented an offer that included all of the deal breakers that made them walk away from the table last time. The two sides appear deadlocked and seem destined for a divorce in the near future unless one side drastically alters their stance.
Source: Mark Berman on Twitter
June 8, 2019, 12:04 pmMike DAntoniTeam, Houston Rockets
Tim MacMahon of ESPN is reporting that the Rockets and Mike D’Antoni have resumed talks on an extension and are nearing an agreement.
MacMahon also says Rockets’ owner Tilman Fertitta has agreed to remove the buyout language that had previously stalled the negotiations. With much of D’Antoni’s staff being let go in recent weeks and with the Rockets failing to reach the Finals yet again, there were rumors that the two-time NBA Coach of the Year was on the outs but those rumors may soon be laid to rest. Although winning 53 games this season, it was a 12-game drop-off from the previous year’s 65-17 record.
Source: Tim MacMahon on Twitter
May 30, 2019, 4:37 pmMike D'AntoniTeam, Houston Rockets
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that the contract extension talks between the Rockets and head coach Mike D'Antoni have ended and D'Antoni plans to finish the last year of his contract in 2019-2020.
The Rockets have been one of the more aggressive teams in trying to take down the juggernaut that is the Warriors. Despite all their effort, the Rockets have lost to the Warriors in four of the last five postseasons. The team may not be extending D'Antoni as a way of keeping their options open this offseason and beyond. The organization has made it very clear that they will continue to stay aggressive in trying to formulate a plan to overcome their "kryptonite."
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 9:48 pmMike DAntoniCoach, Houston Rockets
Despite Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stating his intention to bring back coach Mike D’Antoni, recent departures of key staff may indicate that the team is trying to nudge MDA out according to NYT’s Marc Stein.
Large parts of D’Antoni’s staff including assistant coach Roy Rogers, assistant Mitch Vanya, video coordinator John Cho and player development coach Irv Roland (noted for his work with James Harden) will not be returning next season for the Rockets. There’s some speculation that despite Fertitta’s comments, GM Daryl Morey isn’t fully on board and might be the primary reason behind the recent firings. D’Antoni has one more season on his contract and it’s looking increasingly likely that there will be another shoe to drop.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
June 27, 2018, 6:30 pmMike D'AntoniTeam, Houston Rockets
The Rockets have picked up the option year on Mike D'Antoni's contract, putting him at the helm through the 2019-2020 season.
If the Rockets keep making deep playoff runs he'll be around a lot longer than that. D'Antoni did a good job including an elite-level player to an already-successful group last season, a skillset that could come in handy if the Rockets end up selling themselves to more top-tier free agents in the years to come.
Source: Mark Berman on Twitter
March 22, 2018, 6:26 pmEric GordonSG, Houston Rockets
Eric Gordon will start Thursday night if Chris Paul is indeed ruled out.
Coach Mike D’Antoni said Paul is still “probably” out Thursday, but was already talking about a return this weekend. On top of that he mentioned that Eric Gordon will start Thursday. You are safe to treat this as Paul being out, it is all but official. D’Antoni mentioned multiple players will start to get games off to rest for the playoffs, as the Rockets are looking to end the regular season as the top seed in the Western Conference. Gordon should be able to get a usage bump against a bad Pistons team.
Source: Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
March 22, 2018, 3:46 pmChris PaulPG, Houston Rockets
Mike D’Antoni said Chris Paul “probably will” rest Thursday night vs. Detroit.
The Rockets coach also added that other players will start to get days off to rest. This is not good for Paul and James Harden owners as we do not know specifically which days players will be rested. As for tonight, James Harden should be able to cook up whatever he wants without CP3 by his side. Eric Gordon should see increased usage as well.
Source: ClutchFans on Twitter
March 15, 2018, 6:52 pmRyan AndersonPF, Houston Rockets
Ryan Anderson is looking to return Saturday, according to coach Mike D’Antoni.
Anderson has been out for eight straight games now. Upon his return, Anderson is worth a look if you need 3-pointers.
Source: Adam Spolane on Twitter
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