In a story that kind of came out of nowhere, the Houston Rockets and their head coach are starting to discuss an extension that would keep him here for years to come.
Well, that was random. Adrian Wojnarowski dropped a Houston Rockets related bomb tonight when he announced that the team and head coach Mike D’Antoni are discussing an extension.
This comes after an interview this week with both Daryl Morey and D’Antoni that made it clear that he would likely remain the head coach for next season. The extension element of it, though, came out of left field a bit.
ESPN story on Houston and Mike D'Antoni beginning extension talks. “I’ve let [Rockets] know that I’m energized to keep coaching — and believe that I can continue to do this at a high-level for at least another three years," D'Antoni, 68, tells ESPN. https://t.co/S5z2YYgMDs
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 20, 2019
Success in H-Town
Mike D’Antoni has certainly found success in Houston and is popular with the players. In his first season with the team, he brought home Coach of the Year honors and led a team that was projected to miss the playoffs to the second round.
Last season, the Rockets made it to a Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors, one of the best teams ever put together. This year wasn’t the best year for Houston, but they were still in the running for a top-2 seed up until the last game of the regular season. They lost in 6 games eventually to the Warriors once again.
I’m sure there will be many fans out there who question the move to extend MDA. He certainly has his faults as a coach that should be addressed. His rotations are a bit odd at times, such as playing Gerald Green deep into a decisive Game 6 this season. He waits too long to call timeouts many times, stating that there is no data to suggest that it helps.
A lot of people were calling for him to be fired. There isn’t a head coach on the market, in my opinion, that can help more than D’Antoni can, though. His offensive mindset and fit with James Harden is impeccable. I wouldn’t be surprised if he coaches in Houston until his eventual retirement from the sport.
We’ll keep you updated with extension talks as they go on!