Houston Rockets: Three Replacement Ideas for Mike D’Antoni

The NBA finals are underway but there are always good headlines for teams not in the playoffs. The biggest news story is the assistant coaching changes with the Houston Rockets along with Mike D’Antoni not extending past next season. On one hand, MDA has put together one of the best three year runs in Rockets history (barring not winning a championship). On the other, his iso-ball offense has to change and GM Daryl Morey is always looking to change the team. IT’s looking like MDA is on the way out so who on the market would be a good replacement? I don’t think any of these coaches would flat out be better than MDA but they should at least be in consideration.


Tyron Lue

This is the obvious choice because he’s the only viable coach on the market that has NBA championship caliber. Most talk down on his coaching and say that he only won because of LeBron but I would say that he is good at making game to game coaching adjustments. Something MDA hasn’t been good at.

Ettore Messina

Every coaching assistant from the Spurs has gone on to excel as a head coach (Mike Budenholzer of the Milwaukee Bucks). Meanwhile, what the Houston Rockets have been doing is vastly different from what the Spurs do, Messina has won championships in the euro-league and coach of the year as well.

 Stephen Silas

I’m not sure it would realistically happen for him to be the Houston Rockets head coach because this was Stephen’s first year an assistant for the Dallas Mavericks this year. However, if anyone deserves a head coaching job, it’s Stephen Silas. He’s been an assistant/scout in the NBA for almost twenty years and Stephen Curry has gone on to say that he is the person he is today because of Stephen.

Honorable Mention: David Blatt. I don’t think he got a fair shake with the Cleveland Cavaliers and was more of a scapegoat for Cleveland’s problems.

Are there any coaches I missed? Maybe a college coach? Leave a comment below.

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