Mike D’Antoni Rumors
“He’s a hell of a player, first off,” D’Antoni said when asked to explain his declaration. “It’s a combination of everything. There are other players who might be better at this, or a little bit better at that. But when you put everything together, and the way he passes, the way he sees teammates, the way he can lob, the way he can fight through a foul. I mean even on an off night, he’s probably getting 30, 40 points, and I mean efficiently. And he doesn’t even have anything going. But he’s so efficient, and he gets other guys involved. … He’s got one flaw. He does get tired some. He’s mortal. And that’s it. Other than that …”
“I just try to keep an even keel, whether we win or lose, understand the importance of one out of 82 games,” D’Antoni said. “When I was younger, I’d get really upset. I’d go days almost despondent. I would let it sit with me a long time and let it really eat me up. “Especially if you lose, you wonder what you could do differently. My first 20 years in coaching, even more, I couldn’t read books, for sure. I could read short articles, but I had a hard time escaping. I think I’ve gotten to a point I can read books and escape more than I used to. I try not to drive myself crazy.”
“The hardest thing for me is after a game, it’s 11 o’clock at night, you’re on the plane, all that good food. If you lose, you’re a little depressed, and you go eat because you just want comfort food,” D’Antoni said. “And if you win, you go eat. It’s that late at night. That’s a killer. And the other thing is the adrenaline. I watch the game, talk about it, think about it, get to bed at 2 in the morning. At 6 o’clock in the morning, I am wide awake.
Except maybe, will Harden join the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry as the only players in NBA history to win MVP in a unanimous vote? “That’s the best offensive player I’ve ever seen,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said of Harden. “They’re running guys to him and he just steps a little further back and makes a 3. The way he can pass and see the floor, get layups, floaters, maybe a lob, maybe out to the corner — he has so many weapons, and now he’s shooting those step-back 3s. “It’s impossible to guard him. It’s impossible.”
Adam Wexler: “That locker room is the best I’ve ever seen,” – #Rockets HC Mike D’Antoni about balancing mins, egos etc. Asked about Paul, he said he’s fine, “every time I tried to take him out, he gave me the death stare.” Added if “he’s not, we’ll let him sit for a couple games or days.”