The rivalry between the Warriors and Houston Rockets will look a bit different in 2020-21, as Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni announced he won’t be returning to the organization next season.
D’Antoni finishes his tenure in Houston with a 217-102 record, and the Rockets made the playoffs in all four of his seasons.
"It's with tremendous sadness and gratitude that my wife Laurel and I announce that our incredible journey in Houston has ended for now and that we'll be moving to a new chapter," D'Antoni told ESPN in a statement.
Houston was eliminated from the playoffs by the Warriors in two of D’Antoni’s four seasons, including a thrilling seven-game Western Conference Finals series in 2018.
Warriors-Rockets became the West’s most contentious rivalry over the past few seasons, as only the Warriors won more playoff games (46) in the West than Houston did (28) under D’Antoni.
The Rockets were eliminated from the 2020 Playoffs in five games by the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday, which brought an end to D’Antoni’s contract in Houston.
Given D’Antoni’s impressive resume as a head coach, this likely won’t be the final time we see the 69-year-old on an NBA sideline.