Mike D’Antoni Is Why Coaches Matter

The Western Conference has dominated the NBA for the last two decades. Of the past 21 NBA champions, 13 have come from the West (Spurs, ’99; Lakers, ’00-’02; Spurs, ’03,’05, 07, Lakers’09-’10; Mavericks, ’11; Spurs, ’14; Warriors ’15, ’17). Part of the reason Western teams have dominated is because of generational talent replacing generational talent.…

The Rockets 3-Point or Bust Just Went Bust

Rockets Free Agents: Nene Hilario, Bobby Brown, Troy Williams 2016-17 Rockets Weaknesses:  30th: Two Point Attempts. 26th: Opponent Points. 24th: Point Guard Scoring. 23rd: Field Goal Percentage (Defense) 22nd: Small Forward Scoring.  20th: Free Throw Percentage, Blocks. 2016-17 Rockets Strengths: 1st: Three Point Attempts, Free Throw Attempts, Shooting Guard Scoring.  2nd: 2-Point Percentage, Points, Offensive Rating.  3rd: Assists, Pace. 4th:  3-Point (Defense) 5th: Bench Points, Backcourt Points, Fast…

D’Antoni Talking Toughness, Morey Talking Threes

After the home loss to the Pacers on Monday night, normally even tempered and often relaxed Mike D’Antoni ripped into his team calling them soft, which, on the face of it, considering the messenger, seemed out of place. Toughness has never been what D’Antoni teams have been about, particularly physical toughness. But perhaps, D’Antoni wasn’t…

They Owe Mike D’Antoni A Thank You

Mike D’Antoni takes a beating about his defense. He has earned that reputation so no feeling sorry for the offensive genius here. It is all on him that he is lackluster when it comes to designing defenses to stop scorers. It slows the game down. It takes energy away from offensive brilliance. D’Antoni has never…

Mike Being Mike: Where’s The Defense?

What did you need to see out of the Rockets last night to make you think Mike D’Antoni has turned a page? That he has reacquainted himself with some lost soul of himself that honors, teaches and elevates defensive play? That he won’t push his best player to the brink of fatigue, nearly 38 minutes.…