After the Houston Rockets were knocked out of the playoffs last night rumors begin to swirl about Mike D’Antoni’s job security. According to reports, the decision has already been made.
The Houston Rockets and D’Antoni negotiations before the season started were messy and public. Talks broke down after the Rockets according to sources gave D’Antoni a low ball offer. Even as the year started most thought if the Rockets don’t at least make the NBA Finals that D’Antoni time was running out.
The Houston Rockets went all-in on small ball and for years had adopted no midrange shots mostly 3-pointers and layups. This style got them to within one game of the NBA Finals in 2017-18 before Chris Paul’s hamstring injury kept him out for Game 6 and Game 7 of the Conference Finals. Suprisingly the decision came quickly for D’Antoni.
Here is a statement from the former Rockets coach.
D’Antoni is the second-most winningest coach in Houston Rockets history only behind Rudy Tomjanovich. The Rockets will now begin their search for their next head coach to lead them into the 2020-21 season.