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Mike D’Antoni ends stint as Rockets coach

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Mike D’Antoni ends stint as Rockets coach

Mike D'Antoni. Photo from Instagram/@houstonrockets

Mike D'Antoni bids the Rockets farewell after 4 seasons and becomes a free agent

Mike D’Antoni will not return as coach for the Houston Rockets.

“It is 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 said in a statement to ESPN that was addressed to the Houston community.

“Our time here was among the most memorable experiences of our lives. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making us feel like true Houstonians.”

D’Antoni turned down extension offers prior to this season and his contract expired when the Rockets were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers from the Western Conference semifinals.

The 69-year-old took the helm of the Rockets in the 2016-17 season and guided them to a 217-101 record since then.

This season, he piloted the team to a 44-28 record.

But the Rockets fell in the conference semifinals for the third time in his tenure, having reached the conference finals just once in that span, in 2018.

NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported D’Antoni will be considered by the Philadelphia 76ers for their head coaching post after they fired Brett Brown following their first-round playoff exit. – Rappler.com

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