Mike de Anthony, a genius agent coach who is an agent who excludes Houston rockets from the NBA playoffs, said his priority is to stay with the organization.
That, too, is hope James Horden, The face of the franchise.
Horden said after the Rockets’ 119-96 defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday night at Buena Vista Lake in Florida. “Mike did some incredible things here.”
Houston’s Anthony’s Rockets went 217-101 in four seasons, 28-23 in the play – offs, and advanced to Game 7 in the 2017-18 West Finals, passing the first round each season.
D’Antoni, 69, spent the final year of his contract this season extensively negotiating an extraordinary two-term break in office last season. Rockets owner Tillman Fertita and De Antony’s longtime agent Warren Legari have publicly blamed each other for failing to reach an agreement on the expansion.
However, de Anthony congratulated the Rockets organization on Saturday night when he reiterated his desire to continue coaching in Houston and elsewhere.
“We have a great organization, a great city, great fans, great team,” D’Antoni said. “I mean, everything’s fine here. We’ll see what happens, but I could not ask for a better situation. I was four years old. It continues, but you do not know. But, everything is fine in this part, of course.
“It’s been fun, it’s still fun. You always hate losing. It’s always been a little tough, but I could not ask for the best people and the best players to work with. Lots of things stand out, lots of little things, but I had a big four years, for sure.”
D Antony is considered a leading candidate in the Indiana Pacers’ coaching search, ESPN’s Adrian Wozniacki recently reported. Sources told ESPN that D’Antoni has a strong interest in at least another team with a coaching vacancy.
De Antony, with a career record of 672-527, is credited with revolutionizing NBA crime. His “seven seconds or less” Phoenix Suns teams pushed the tempo and broke traditional standards, shooting 3-points more than any team had, a style of play adopted throughout the league a decade and a half later. The Rockets pushed the excess further, setting records for 3s attempts in the first three years of De Antony and eliminating the traditional centerpiece this season.
Growing up as Pick and Roll Maestro with Phoenix teams Steve Nash, De Antony adopted his offensive system to bolster Horden as Houston’s historically elite insulation player. The move to the point guard was the first major decision Horden and De Antony made with the Rockets, thriving together in their four seasons, winning one assist trophy, three scoring trophies and an MVP award.
“The experience is great – bring me mainly the point guard, the ball handler, and change the game with different schemes,” said Harden, who has 30 points and five assists in Game 5 defeats. “It’s an incredible experience. It’s a difficult season for us. Obviously, it did not end the way we wanted it to. We need to understand this.”
De Antony said he has not thought much about his chances if he does not return to the rockets.
“First, I’m going back to my room to have a little pathetic party now,” De Antony said. “After that, we’ll figure it out. Now, this is still something I’m not going to think about anywhere else.”