Mike D’Antoni Rumors
Also just a few days after the Jazz and Rockets last played, a story about Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni’s daily ritual of going to Starbucks appeared in Sports Illustrated, with D’Antoni being quoted as saying, “I like Utah, but they don’t have a Starbucks.” So did D’Antoni find a shop before his team took on the Jazz Thursday night at Vivint Arena? Well, sort of.
D’Antoni said he got someone to get it for him this morning, and then clarified the thought that there are no Starbucks in Salt Lake City. “It wasn’t that they don’t have it,” he said. “I’m not walking two blocks in this cold weather. I’m old. Can’t do it, but I did manage to get one.”
With Eric Gordon, one of the Rockets’ prized 3-point shooters, struggling with his 3-point shot, Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said he knew just what to say: Nothing. Gordon has made just five of 34 3-pointers in his four games (he missed one with a sore calf) since returning to his role coming off the bench. D’Antoni did not want to say, or even hear anything about it. “You don’t mess with anything like that. No,” D’Antoni said. “It’s like if you have a good marriage you have selective hearing. To have good shooters, you have selective eye sight.”