The Houston Rockets introduced the newest addition to their team Wednesday afternoon, head coach Mike D'Antoni. The Rockets signed D’Antoni in a four-year contract worth $16 million.
The 65-year-old has spent time as a head coach for the Nuggets, Suns, Knicks and Lakers.
It’s widely known that D'Antoni is a guy who's heavily offensive minded, and that's exactly why Rockets owner Leslie Alexander picked him for the job. D'Antoni made it a point in his press conference that Houston would have an up-tempo style of offense.
“When ownership, and the general manager want to play a certain style I want to coach and they all align, then you have a chance. It's not bulletproof, but you have a chance to succeed,” said D’Antoni in his press conference. “As one of the last shots I'll have going forward, I wanted this chance to get it all right. I wanted to try to get to my vision on how basketball should be played and I think we can win that way. I'm going to do all that I can to make it successful.”
The new head coach is hoping Dwight Howard, who's a free agent in July, will buy into the new system and stick around.
“Dwight's one of the best players in the league. He's had a great career. Obviously we want to play a certain way and hopefully he wants to play that way. That would be great,” said D’Antoni.
Team chemistry was something the Rockets struggled with last season, which D’Antoni addressed in his press conference, saying that he would work on.
Houston also introduced assistant coaches Jeff Bzdelik and Roy Rogers.
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