5 reasons Mike D’Antoni fits with the Houston Rockets

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HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 08: Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers watches as Nick Young
HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 08: Head coach Mike D’Antoni of the Los Angeles Lakers watches as Nick Young /

5. He’s coached in chaotic situations before.

Although Bickerstaff did a fine job all things considered, he was already knowledgeable of the unhealthy mix of personalities on the Rockets roster from his time as a top assistant to former head coach McHale. In short, a rookie head coach would be eaten alive by the combustible personas on the Rockets current roster.

What D’Antoni has going for him is that he has been a head coach/top assistant in some less than desirable situations, which could prove immensely beneficial for the Rockets should D’Antoni be able to right the ship.

While D’Antoni had his best success in Phoenix, he has also coached the always dysfunctional New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers in the beginnings of their downward spiral. Being on a 10-win team in Brown’s 2015-16 Philadelphia 76ers is just another example of D’Antoni being familiar with coaching in less-than-ideal situations.

Houston has talent, but their limitations all seem to be above the shoulders. D’Antoni is a guru of an offensive coach and could find ways to get more players involved on that end of the floor with an up-tempo heavy motion offense. More shot attempts for his potential players in Houston could cut out some of the acrimony already in the Rockets’ locker room.

Next: 4. Playing with pace could prove beneficial.