James Harden reportedly had a role in picking the Rockets’ head coach.
So, of course they hired someone who’s not particularly interested in defense.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:
Houston is surrounding D'Antoni with an experienced, high-level coaching staff, including possibly Jeff Bzdelik as defensive coordinator.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 26, 2016
D’Antoni can be an excellent coach if he has a roster that fits his up-tempo spread style, and a defensive coordinator would also help (Sorry, James). If Houston is committed to surrounding D’Antoni with the requisite resources, this could be a strong hire. On the bright side, this roster is ripe for turnover – notably Dwight Howard, who clashed with D’Antoni on the Lakers.
Most of all, the Rockets just needed a fresh start after last season’s stinker. They were bound to get that no matter whom they hired.
It’ll be on D’Antoni to prove he can provide more of a bump than any viable coach would’ve.
At minimum, though, Houston should be more exciting.