The Mike D’Antoni era appears to have run its course with the Houston Rockets, so turning to a championship-winning organization would be a wise choice.
After the Houston Rockets‘ frustrating five-game series loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, reality is starting to set in. Mike D’Antoni has had several teams with multiple All-Stars at his disposal, dating back to his Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers days. The current roster was constructed as the brainchild of Daryl Morey, with D’Antoni in mind.
The trade Houston made shipping off Clint Capela for Robert Covington solidified that the team was going to extreme micro ball, giving the mad scientist D’Antoni all the tools he needed to finally take his philosophy to its limit. Unfortunately, the strategy still didn’t pay off, as the team seemed to give up despite having two superstars starving for an NBA title.
Undoubtedly the team fell short of expectations, and one of the first courses of action they should and will probably take is letting Mike D’Antoni go. He’s led the Rockets to several stellar regular seasons but hasn’t been able to break through as the city of Houston is so desperate for him to do.
One burning question that will surround the Rockets this offseason will be regarding who should take Mike’s place. We’ll be breaking down several candidates over the coming days, but I wanted to start with a few that would instantly bring championship experience to the organization.
In no particular order, here are three coaches the Houston Rockets should pursue from the Alamo City to become their next head coach in 2021.
Next: Candidate #1