Houston Rockets Finalizing Deal with Mike D’Antoni

By Ben Casey

The Rockets are reportedly in the process of finalizing a four-year deal with Mike D’Antoni for head coach.

The wait appears to be over, everybody. Daryl Morey and Leslie Alexander have come to the controversial decision to hire Mike D’Antoni after interviewing upwards of 15 people for the head coach position. According to the all-knowing source that is Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets will have everything finalized within the next few hours.

Mike D’Antoni, known for his successful Seven Seconds or Less offense, is a perfect coach for designing a powerful scheme to maximize James Harden‘s scoring and passing abilities. However, he is infamous for not being able to handle Carmelo Anthony‘s big ego during his stint with the New York Knicks, as well as faltering on the defensive end. If the Rockets are to be successful with D’Antoni leading the charge, they’ll have to have some incredible defensive coordinators working behind the scenes.

Also, it’s worth noting that the expectation is that Dwight Howard would leave the Houston Rockets for good if D’Antoni is hired, so it’s hard to believe that that didn’t have an effect on the hiring decision. We can only hope that the new coach makes it through more games than Kevin McHale did this past season.

D'Antoni is finalizing a four-year deal with the Rockets that will include a team option in final year, league sources tell @TheVertical.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) May 26, 2016

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