Jeff Bzdelik Rumors
D’Antoni will largely hand the defense over to Jeff Bzdelik who brings an outstanding reputation around the league. More important than what other coaches think of Bzdelik, several Rockets players heard from friends with the Grizzlies praising Bzdelik when the Rockets hired him. Harden seems determined to change his reputation and despite the vines and gifs, he did show his defensive ability in 2014-15 when he was much more reliably engaged and focused on that end of the floor than last season.
The selection of Mike D’Antoni as Rockets coach will not have to win the approval of guard James Harden. Harden, who had been kept abreast throughout the coaching search, endorsed the pick in an appearance as the first guest of teammate Jason Terry’s radio show. “I’m excited,” Harden said on Sirius XM on Wednesday. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I’ve been hearing great things about him, what he brings to our team. Obviously, our assistant coaches (Jeff Bzdelik and Roy Rogers) as well. A new beginning and I’m excited about the opportunity.