Nets coach Mike D’Antoni’s big decision on future with Steve Nash, Big 3
Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni is stepping away from a full-time coaching role on Steve Nash’s staff, sources tell ESPN. D’Antoni is expected to pursue head coaching jobs again in the future. He was a finalist for the Portland opening this year.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 28, 2021
D’Antoni was hired by the Nets to join Steve Nash’s staff. Nash previously played for D’Antoni during their Phoenix and Los Angeles days.
Despite being one of the favorites to win the NBA Championship, the Nets were eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in a seven-game thriller. Before joining the Brooklyn Nets, D’Antoni was the head coach of the Houston Rockets.
D’Antoni, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, led the Rockets to the highest winning percentage in the Western Conference over the past four years (.682), trailing only the Toronto Raptors (.695) in the entire league.
D’Antoni compiled a 217-102 in four seasons in Houston, winning 28 playoff games and leading the Rockets to one trip to the Western Conference finals.
Mike D’ Antoni stepped down as their head coach after they were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2020 NBA playoffs.
D’Antoni will have a lot of suitors since he is one of the most influential, innovative, and successful coaches. He was the one responsible for the “Seven Seconds or Less” offense. D’Antoni’s teams usually play at a fast tempo and high pace.
It will be interesting to see where the offensive-minded guru is coaching next.