The Houston Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers last night was Mike d’Antoni’s last game on the Texas franchise bench. In a statement sent this Sunday to the American channel ESPN, the one who had in hand the destinies of five NBA franchises after a start to his coaching career in Italy has confirmed that his four-season tenure at the head of the Rockets has ended. ” It is with great sadness and gratitude that my wife Laurel and I announce that our incredible trip to Houston has come to an end and that we will move on to a new chapter. », Announces the technician of 69 years. Four seasons during which, under his rule, the franchise of Houston will have turned to 68.2% of victories in the regular season, with the only Toronto Raptors who have done better (69.5%).
From Antoni to the Sixers, first for Cassell?
Mike d’Antoni gone, the Houston Rockets bench is going to be coveted and the names are starting to pile up. Indeed, if that of Jeff van Gundy returns, another is quoted by ESPN, that of Sam Cassell, former player of the Rockets and current assistant of Doc Rivers on the bench of the Los Angeles Clippers, with a mutual interest for a collaboration. Another track leads to Tyronn Lue, another assistant of the Californian franchise. As for Mike d’Antoni, his coaching career in the NBA does not appear to be over yet. Always according to ESPN, one of the avenues explored by the latter would lead to the Philadelphia 76ers, whose coaching position was recently vacated by Brett Brown, fired following the elimination of the franchise against the Boston Celtics in the first round of the play-offs in Orlando.