Storyline: D'Antoni-Harden Dynamic

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He knew Harden was talented. But coaches need to know more about their best players in order to trust them. “I’ve never seen him practice before; I’ve never seen how he is on the floor; I’ve never seen if he likes to play,” D’Antoni said. “I’ve never seen all the intangibles you have to have to win a championship, and he’s demonstrated that. He’s taking guys out to dinner; you don’t know that (beforehand). I like that he loves to play basketball, and that, to me, is a key to any great player — they have to, when they come to the gym, they can’t wait to play. And he has that.”

As much as Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni has praised the play of guard James Harden, he said a large part of the success goes back to before the season started when Harden quickly took to D’Antoni’s style and his role. “If he doesn’t buy in to how I would like to coach, then obviously we’re not made for each other,” D’Antoni said. “From day one, he’s embraced the point guard role. He’s done everything humanly possible to make us a good team and our record reflects that. That’s the whole key. Ownership, management, your star player – they have to buy in.”
6 months ago via ESPN

Calvin Watkins: Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said James Harden, who will now become the full-time point guard can be a different version of Steve Nash, who ran the up-tempo seven seconds or less offense in Phoenix. “Sometimes he will be (slower) sometimes he’ll be a faster version,” D’Antoni said. “Steve is not like your traditional jet. Steve had his pace and Jeremy Lin had his pace and guys had their pace and all the point guards I ever coached had their way of doing it and those are very good players. He’ll have his way. I don’t know if we’ll time him, ‘Ok, he’s fast or slow. It will be fast enough to score.”
6 months ago via ESPN

Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said Monday morning that shooting guard James Harden is changing positions. He’s becoming a full-time point guard. “With James you make a joke he’s a ‘points guard’ because he’s going to score some points,” D’Antoni said. Under the new up-tempo offense, D’Antoni has decided to put the ball in Harden’s hands more than last season, like a traditional point guard, to get opposing defenses off him in the half court. It should also allow Harden to become more of a playmaker.
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March 26, 2017 | 4:34 pm EDT Update
Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced the team has recalled guard Wade Baldwin IV and center Deyonta Davis from the Iowa Energy, the Grizzlies’ NBA Development League affiliate. Baldwin (6-4, 202) has appeared in 33 games (22 starts) for the Energy and averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 28.2 minutes. The 20-year-old has played 24 games (one start) for the Grizzlies during his rookie season and averaged 3.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. The Belle Mead, N.J. native was drafted by Memphis in the first round (17th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Vanderbilt University.
CSN California has confirmed that the team is shutting down rookie Malachi Richardson for the remainder of the season. Richardson, 21, suffered a partial tear of the right hamstring on February 15 and was listed as out 4-6 weeks. While the wing has not incurred a setback, he will need the entire six weeks to heal, which places him ready to return to action with just a handful of games remaining in the schedule.
Storyline: Malachi Richardson Injury
March 26, 2017 | 2:41 pm EDT Update