D’Antoni not returning as Rockets coach after NBA playoffs exit

Mike D’Antoni won’t return to teach the Houston Rockets subsequent season, the veteran introduced on Sunday.

D’Antoni’s contract expired after the Rockets have been eradicated from the NBA playoffs following a 4-1 Western Convention semi-final collection defeat to prime seeds the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

The 69-year-old, who has already been linked to the Philadelphia 76ers’ teaching emptiness, oversaw a 217-101 regular-season report in 4 campaigns in Houston, the place the Rockets reached the Convention finals as soon as and loved three journeys to the semi-finals.

“It is with great disappointment and gratitude that my spouse Laurel and I announce that our unimaginable journey in Houston has ended for now and that we’ll be transferring to a brand new chapter,” a press release from D’Antoni learn.

“Our time right here was among the many most memorable experiences of our lives. From the pricey mates we have made, the unimaginable partnerships with civic minded-leaders and metropolis officers, to the great non-profits and the shoppers they serve. Laurel and I might be ceaselessly indebted to this group for embracing our household.

“Most of all, I can not thank sufficient the complete Fertitta household, Daryl Morey, the workers, and the unimaginable and devoted gamers I have been privileged to teach. The Rockets are a historic NBA franchise with unbelievable followers and we have been proud to hitch with you to play a component in a few of the successes right here in Houston.

“From the underside of our hearts, thanks for making us really feel like true Houstonians. For that, we’ll all the time be actually grateful.”

Rockets proprietor Tilman Feritta added: “I want to thank Mike D’Antoni and his spouse, Laurel, for his or her unimaginable contributions to the Houston Rockets organisation and the Houston group.

“Mike is a real skilled and an incredible basketball thoughts. He’s a winner, and we’ve got been blessed to have such an impressive coach and chief to work with the previous 4 seasons.”

Printed 14 Sep 2020, 06:18 IST

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