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PJ Tucker confident Rockets, Mike D’Antoni will get extension done

P.J. Tucker, Mike D'Antoni, Rockets

PJ Tucker is fully confident Mike D’Antoni will get a contract extension and remain as the head coach of the Houston Rockets for next season and beyond.

“I think [the contract extension] will get done,” Tucker told Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic. “Everyone loves him, I think it will get done, he’s my guy”

D’Antoni has led the Rockets to the playoffs every year since taking the job in 2016. The furthest they’ve advanced was the Western Conference Finals in 2018 against the Golden State Warriors,  a series they managed to extend to seven games despite Chris Paul missing its last two.

Along the way, D’Antoni turned James Harden into one of the most unstoppable offensive players in the NBA history. Last year, Harden won the MVP, and he’ll either finish first or second in the voting this season after an even more dominant campaign.

Discussions on whether or not D’Antoni will get a contract extension are mixed. Though he has turned the Rockets into a perennial playoff team, some believe  D’Antoni’s offensive system will never win a championship.

The likes of Kobe Bryant and Scottie Pippen have deemed their style of play predictable. Given that most of their plays start off a Harden-isolation, the defense is at an advantage, knowing that Harden will either shoot a step-back, drive to the hoop or kick it out. And with Chris Paul aging and locked into an onerous contract, even more might be asked of the reigning MVP going forward.

Indeed, time will only tell whether the Rockets retain D’Antoni. Either way, it would be an interesting development should he stay or should the Houston start looking for a new coach.