Mike D’Antoni reveals the main reason for high quality of play in NBA bubble
The Houston Rockets have now logged two wins out of their first two seeding games inside the bubble following Sunday night’s amazing win over the league-best Milwaukee Bucks. Following the victory, head coach Mike D’Antoni opened up about why he believes the quality of games inside the bubble remains top notch.
According to D’Antoni, the unique environment provides for an enhanced experience not only for the players but also for the coaching staff.
“Seriously, it’s a great stage to play,” the Rockets’ tactician said, via Ben Golliver of the Washington Post. There’s not a lot of distractions. It’s the same court every night. You get your shooting, depth perception and all that.”
This is perhaps one of the first true compliments fans have heard about play inside the bubble, and it’s great that a renowned veteran coach such as Mike D’Antoni has provided the unique perspective.
Much has been made about the challenges and the discomforts that have been experienced mostly by the players while in isolation, and this silver-lining type of point-of-view from the respected coach is indeed a welcome change of pace.
For their part, the Rockets have had two tremendous outings thus far. They pulled off a very impressive come-from-behind victory against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday, which they have now followed up with an even more inspiring 120-116 win against reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks.
Houston currently sit at the fourth spot in the West and are now just one game behind the Denver Nuggets and two below the Los Angeles Clippers, who are third and second in the conference, respectively.