Mike D’Antoni Rumors
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he will rethink whether James Harden needs more rest during the regular season after the All-Star’s poor performance at the end of Houston’s Western Conference semifinals series. D’Antoni, describing himself as “shell-shocked” the day after Houston’s season ended with a 39-point home loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6, acknowledged after Friday’s exit interviews that fatigue could have factored into Harden’s poor finish.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni will rethink whether James Harden needs more rest during the regular season after the superstar’s poor performance at the end of Houston’s Western Conference semifinals series.
D’Antoni said he expects the Rockets to have the best offense in NBA history next season, saying they can “add layers” to the system to help Harden. “He’s had a historic season, and we can get that better,” D’Antoni said. “Obviously, we’ll sit down. Save his energy, play him less, manage it better … We’ll work that together. One game can’t erase nine months of work.”
Harden, who took responsibility for the Rockets’ Game 6 loss during his postgame press conference, did not participate in Friday’s exit interviews with D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey. They had a brief discussion with Harden after the game, describing the MVP candidate as devastated. Morey said they would “give him some space” and schedule a meeting with Harden soon to discuss the offseason and franchise’s future.