Matt Brase Rumors

Coaching for a team with one of the most well-defined philosophies in the league, if not in all of professional sports, Brase has been beholden to D’Antoni’s uptempo style and Morey’s double-down on data. But Brase has been adding some arrows to his quill. Even if he insists doesn’t want them. “I love what coach does here, so that’s my base,” Brase said. “But when you think about where the game takes you? When I first got to the Rockets as intern, I thought it was crazy, but I attributed it to the NBA. Then you find out we are the extreme outlier. “But it makes sense to us. This is our pulse, our heartbeat.”
Since D’Antoni first became a head coach more than 20 years ago, his bench staff has expanded while each role has become more specialized. The Rockets may play with flair, but D’Antoni craves structure. So his top two assistants in charge of the defense, Jeff Bzdelik and Roy Rogers, sit in the front row with Brett Gunning, who helps D’Antoni run the offense. (Jason Biles, the head athletic trainer, also has a front-row seat.) Blair is in the back row with Matt Brase, Mitch Vanya and John Lucas. There are also unspoken rules about how they communicate among themselves — and with the players, a delicate dance that helps provide order. “You have rules to prevent chaos,” Bzdelik said.
Matt Brase is expected to be named head coach of the Houston Rockets NBA Development League team, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, multiple sources tell D-League Digest. A former assistant coach for the Vipers, Brase is currently the Director of Player Personnel for the Rockets. The former Vipers assistant was a member of the 2012-13 coaching staff that won a D-League championship under then head coach Nick Nurse, who is now a member of the Toronto Raptors coaching staff. Before joining the Vipers coaching staff in 2012-13, Brase was a member of the Houston Rockets basketball operations staff, where he focused on player personnel, scouting college and international players as well as current NBA players.