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@  slick shoes : (23 May 2016 - 12:24 PM) The worst part about Green is that he tries to play that nice guy role à la Reggie Miller.
@  Mario Peña : (23 May 2016 - 02:00 AM) Im quite pleased the Thunder are decimating the Warriors.
@  Mario Peña : (23 May 2016 - 12:54 AM) I cannot stand Draymond Green. I don't like him in any way. That dude is cheap and he's one of the main reasons I really don't like the Warriors.
@  majik19 : (21 May 2016 - 05:28 PM) no need to rush it now - only one other opening to compete with, and no first round draft pick to get input on.
@  Mario Peña : (21 May 2016 - 02:19 PM) SteinyMo reporting James Borrego from Pop's bench is now getting a look. Wow just wow.
@  majik19 : (20 May 2016 - 09:32 PM) I saw that report. Silas seems like a swing for the fences move, but isn't he exactly like JBB? Harden didn't respond to JBB, why would he respond to another longtime coach's son?
@  Mario Peña : (20 May 2016 - 07:29 PM) So Watkins is reporting its between D'Antoni and Silas.
@  Mario Peña : (20 May 2016 - 06:30 PM) In retrospect some of what has happened over the last few years going back to Lin, McHale and maybe a few other things seem to have Alexander's fingerprints on them and even if true to an extant that's troubling to me. Just when I thought things couldn't be worse, oh well.
@  thejohnnygold : (20 May 2016 - 04:58 PM) If so, this site will become more of a support group than a fan board.
@  slick shoes : (20 May 2016 - 03:14 PM) Is Les becoming the next Jerry Jones? Yikes...
@  majik19 : (20 May 2016 - 02:59 PM) oh i was half-joking haha.
@  slick shoes : (20 May 2016 - 12:21 PM) @majik19 Why screw the team long term with a decision that only affects them THIS season? I don't get it. If I was Morey and my boss kept over ruling my decisions, I'd give some serious consideration to stepping down.
@  majik19 : (20 May 2016 - 05:12 AM) @slickshoes - maybe thats why theyre considering D'Antoni - just want to make sure Dwight opts out.
@  thejohnnygold : (19 May 2016 - 04:38 PM) I think I have a bias against Rambis from his playing days. The thought of him being our coach just feels wrong...
@  slick shoes : (19 May 2016 - 03:11 AM) Does this mean Rambis is available?!
@  Mario Peña : (19 May 2016 - 03:05 AM) Hornacek goes to the Knicks.
@  slick shoes : (18 May 2016 - 11:05 PM) Who was the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2014 when Dwight left to come to Houston? None other than Mike D'Antoni.
@  Cooper : (18 May 2016 - 08:16 PM) very uninspiring if they do go with him.
@  thenit : (18 May 2016 - 07:13 PM) It will be so much fun having game totaling 250+ points. Oh and we won't win anything either
@  slick shoes : (18 May 2016 - 12:19 PM) @majik19: the story also said that if they hire D'Antoni there will be a defensive specialist as an associate head coach. does this send a message to the team? defense comes second?


On Mike D'Antoni and the Houston Rockets' coaching search

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#1 Red94


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    Posted 20 May 2016 - 11:29 AM

    New post: On Mike D'Antoni and the Houston Rockets' coaching search
    By: Rahat Huq

    The situation (hopefully) remains fluid, but at the time of writing, Mike D'Antoni appears to be the frontrunner for the Houston Rockets' coaching vacancy.  If you follow me on Twitter, you're aware of my thoughts on the matter, depicted through a rant on all things D'Antoni, spanning all waking hours of my Thursday.  But to recap: reports indicate D'Antoni has become the frontrunner to land the position, due to the support of team ownership.  Reports stated while general manager Daryl Morey preferred and held interest in Jeff Van Gundy and Frank Vogel, neither candidate even so much as received an interview due to the lack of interest from team owner Les Alexander.  Reports have stated that if D'Antoni is to land the job, the Rockets would seek to assemble a staff with strong defensive oriented minds as uhh...accommodating of his deficiencies.


    The row over the matter is easy to comprehend.  The Rockets had the 21st best defense in the league last season.  They had the seventh best offense in the league, and as I've been establishing over the past several weeks, one that was consistently good throughout, contrary to popular perception.  The problem with this team, very simply put, was defense.  Daryl Morey himself said the same, in no less words, even stating earlier this summer in an interview that defense would be prioritized.



    "I think it's going to be someone who embodies what we need. We need to get our defense stronger," Morey said.


    Instead, while eschewing brilliant defensive minds in Van Gundy and Vogel, we may be getting D'Antoni, a man regarding whom there has been no evidence has ever had any interest in coaching both sides of the ball.


    I said two things repeatedly all year once it became clear the season was lost.  1) that this upcoming coaching search was as, if not more, vital to the franchise's long term interests as free agency, and, more significantly, 2) the most important challenge ahead for this franchise would be to find a coach who would both challenge James Harden and also establish a culture of discipline and accountability distinct from the enabling forces that have established the current status quo.  Mike D'Antoni is definitively not that person.


    To wit, there are aspects of D'Antoni which intrigue me.  For all intents and purposes, he's the pioneer of modern basketball offense, and one of the most brilliant minds the game has ever seen, in that regard.  Gone would be the days of uncreative sets and the complete inability to even run a basic inbounds play.  Perhaps D'Antoni could unlock even more out of Harden, a man who in my belief is actually one of the most underrated offensive forces in all of basketball.  And perhaps, while defense is truly the problem, a holistic approach might be more relevant: one might argue that while defense was the issue of this current "team", this present manifestation of players will not be the long term composition of the roster.  To that extent, perhaps a big picture vision might be applicable, with D'Antoni modernizing the offense, and a strong assistant taking over on the other end.


    I could possibly be sold if I knew the aforementioned was what Daryl Morey had in mind.  My problem, however, is that all indications are that this would be a Les Alexander move; and the track record on teams with a recent history of ownership meddling has not been pretty.


    After last season's debacle, one could understand why Morey might have lost some autonomy with Alexander in regards to such decisions.  But the latter would do well to step aside.  It's been no secret that Van Gundy was let go after his initial tenure as Alexander pined for a more "exciting" and uptempo offense in line with D'Antoni's Suns.  Alexander is not exactly in tune with actual reality:



    "One, I don't think we were as good as people thought we were at the beginning of the season. We didn't shoot the ball well. We turned it over too much. I think those are the three things I would say hurt the most.

    "I think we're getting better now because we're shooting the ball better. But we were such a horrible shooting team at the beginning of the season it really was very difficult for us to do anything. We've gotten better."
    That's from April 14th, long after it was clear to anyone watching that defense was the primary issue with this team.
    Alexander writes the checks, so he'll get what he wants.  Maybe he's right to think he'll sell more tickets with a more exciting brand.  After all, the average fan doesn't hold a clue to who Mike D'Antoni even is.  But regardless of the style, especially in this city, fans will only come if the team is good.  To that end, the best teams, while great offensively, are similarly great on the other end.  Defense still wins championships.  And even with a strong supporting staff or top assistant, I'm not convinced Harden will change without being challenged by the head man.
    There is still time and this situation hopefully is fluid.  Hopefully, some sanity and reason will be restored to this process.  Because Mike D'Antoni is not what this team needs.  I said earlier last week that with Jeff Van Gundy, Dave Joerger, and Frank Vogel all available, the Rockets pretty much couldn't screw this up even if they tried.  I apparently gave them too much credit.

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    #2 Jatman20


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      Posted 20 May 2016 - 11:04 PM

      It's just my opinion that Vogel would have been a good candidate. He adapted from a conventional offense to a successful small ball lineup this past year. Many would say that the Pacers clearly performed better than expectations from the start of the 2015/16 season.

      If D'Antoni is selected a strong defensive minded staff would be my recommendation. I fell out of favor with D'Antoni in his poor use of the center position; but I don't value the center position as highly over the past two years as a result of rule changes and a movement in the NBA towards small ball play. D'Antoni is know as one of the best innovators of the small-ball play.

      A report of Stephen Silas with Lionel Hollins as his assistant has become my leading tandem. Silas is what I wanted John B. Bickerstaff to be. A young innovative basketball mind that modern NBA players can associate with. It's my opinion Durant and Horford (or most free agents) would like
      to play for a Shaka Smart or Silas type coach. Silas has now had experience with small-ball success with the Hornets this past season.

      Messina and Kalamian would also move the needle of sought after free agents.

      Pick and roll has become a main staple of NBA teams in today's game. When Durant was out for the Thunder; Westbrook dominated as a triple double monster. Harden will be the same for the Rockets next season if they fail to add Durant or Horford. Pick and Roll will be a major staple of the Rocket offense. It's a shame Howard hated to PnR. Harden is one of the top ball handlers in the league in PnR. Note Westbrook didn't get the Thunder into the playoffs while Durant missed most of 2014/15 season.......Will Harden get the Rockets into the playoffs without a major FA signings this summer. That remains to be seen. Teams like the Blazers, Hornets, Mavs and Pacers have shown less can win more.

      Story on PnRoll.


      Edited by Jatman20, 20 May 2016 - 11:07 PM.

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        Posted 21 May 2016 - 05:36 AM

        Sure hope it's not D'Antoni.

        Beyond his paying lip service to the defensive side,my issues are:

        He has a doghouse that players get exiled to for months at a time

        He plays vets,not wanting to develop young players,nor the patience to put up w/learning mistakes(see the doghouse)

        He keeps a tight rotation rarely going past 7 deep (to put it charitably,the Rockets don't have the Suns medical staff)

        He doesn't believe in a big posting up,so his teams are woefully unprepared when facing one that does in the Play-Offs

        Well coached,smart teams routinely beat him in the Play-Offs

        He's 65,I just don't see a long-term future w/D'Antoni

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