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Houston Rockets: Tilman Fertitta talks D’Antoni’s future, team expectations

Anthony Duckett
Houston Rockets Daryl Morey (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta (Photo by Bill Baptist/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Ownership style

On ESPN’s First Take, Tilman Fertitta had the below to say about the manner in which he operates at the Rockets’ owner:

“I operate by a rule…I know what I know and I know what I don’t know. So sure the handcuffs are off and the owner of any team makes the final decision. But any smart owner is going to listen to their very intelligent basketball people…The handcuffs are off. The first two years the handcuffs were on. This is my team but I have great people with Daryl Morey and his team and Tad Brown and his team.”

This is interesting, as I think Fertitta gets a bad rap as being a de-facto owner who makes all the decisions on his own. But as he explained, this isn’t the case at all. He acknowledges that he’s got brilliant basketball minds within the organization such as Daryl Morey and Tad Brown, and he leans on them for their opinion and insight, which any good owner should do. Morey is viewed as the best in the business for being able to exploit loopholes, such as the Nene contract, which ultimately got modified after the league realized Morey would have otherwise been setting a precedent.

But Fertitta also acknowledged that the “handcuffs” or the training wheels, so to speak, are off regarding him as an owner, as he’s no longer a new owner. But it’s great for him to be able to realize and recognize that he’s got his strengths and his gaps, but regardless he’s able to come to decisions on behalf of the organization as a whole.

Throughout the course of the interview, he also talked about how he sometimes challenges Morey and pushes Morey by asking questions that Morey hasn’t been asked before, which will only make Morey even better. It’s scary to think of Morey becoming an even better General Manager, because you could make the argument that he’s by far the best in the league already.

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