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Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (65) / 5/8/1951
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 190
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The NBA fined Rockets owner Leslie Alexander $100,000 for confronting a referee during Game 5.
With less than a minute in the first quarter, Alexander walked up to a ref during the game to complain about a call. This type of fine is nothing unusual and Mavs owner Mark Cuban knows that more than anyone. The Rockets will have a few more days off before they face the winner of the Spurs-Grizzlies series. Apr 26 - 5:28 PM

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Mike D'Antoni said the main reason he's in the discussion for coach of the year honors is because he has "a really good team."

"Usually for the Coach of the Year the team has been underestimated, and that's how you get it," said D'Antoni. "Otherwise, Golden State and what they're doing, or what San Antonio's doing, but as people said, we're not going to make the playoffs, or barely make it, and then we have 55 wins. So, that's how you win Coach of the Year, and that's why most Coach of the Years get fired the next year. You overperform, then you come back to normal and they fire you." He's right.
Source: ESPN
Apr 20 - 12:23 PM

Coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants the Rockets to average 50 3-point attempts per game for the rest of the season.

Prior to the season, no team in NBA history had ever attempted 50 3-pointers in a game even once, let alone average that 50 attempts for over 20 games. While not quite realistic, the objective highlights the Rockets unique offensive approach. For instance, the Rockets scored 129 points on Thursday and 125 were on treys, free throws or in the lane. They attempted just three shots that were not in the paint or beyond the 3-point arc. This is all great news for the fantasy stock of Houston players, especially James Harden.
Feb 25 - 10:39 AM

Daryl Morey's position as GM of the Rockets reportedly is not quite as secure as it once was.

Rockets' owner Leslie Alexander reportedly took a more active role in the team building process this past offseason, and also fired Morey confidant and VP of player personnel Gianluca Pascucci. "Last year was disappointing," Morey said. "It's always uncomfortable in Houston. That's how it should be. I don't feel more or less pressure about my job than I ever have." The Rockets have got off to a much better start this season, owning a 5-3 record, so Morey's job is probably safe for the time being.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 09:57:00 AM

Daryl Morey believes it will be "pretty easy" to trade up into the first round on draft day.

"I think it will be pretty easy to trade into the first this year," Morey said. "There are four teams that have almost half the draft in the first round and none of them want to use their pick to trade. Trading in will be easy." The Rockets currently do not own a first-round selection in the 2016 NBA draft, but it sounds like Morey will be looking to change that with a draft day trade.
Source: ESPN
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 03:54:00 PM

The Rockets are making a hard push to hire Rex Kalamian as an assistant.

He's an assistant with the Raptors and is believed to be a favorite of James Harden. The Wizards and Raptors are also still looking to have him on their staff as well.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 11:20:00 PM

The Rockets are reportedly finalizing a four-year deal to install Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach.

D'Antoni officially beats out Stephen Silas for the head coaching gig in Houston, and the D'Antoni hire all but guarantees that Dwight Howard will be donning a different jersey next season. D'Antoni is a fantasy friendly coach, and his uptempo style will lead to more fantasy goodness for all those involved. With Howard assuredly gone and both Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas bound for free agency, Clint Capela could find himself in a starting role next season. As for James Harden, his numbers are sure to be ridiculous with D'Antoni at the helm.

The Rockets are close to signing Mike D'Antoni as their next head coach, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

D'Antoni reportedly impressed Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and Houston is said to be putting together a formal offer. While a D'Antoni hiring should improve the fantasy prospects of most on the Rockets roster, his signing would likely also signal the end of the Dwight Howard era in Houston as the two had their issues with the Lakers.
Thu, May 19, 2016 10:05:00 AM

Mike D'Antoni is "gaining momentum" as a candidate for the Rockets' coaching job.

This news comes on the heels of Jeff Van Gundy falling out of the running. According to the ESPN report, D'Antoni impressed owner Leslie Alexaner, who has vowed to be more active in the coaching search. If D'Antoni does get the job, there would certainly be plenty of fantasy bumps in his innovative "seven seconds or less" offense.
Source: ESPN.com
Wed, May 18, 2016 04:14:00 PM

Mike D'Antoni has reportedly earned a second interview with the Rockets, and he's reportedly emerged as a "serious" candidate to land the head coaching gig in Houston.

D'Antoni will reportedly have a sit down interview with Rockets' owner Leslie Alexander after impressing in his first interview, and if things continue to progress in a positive direction, Houston will reportedly look for a defensive minded coach to serve on D'Antoni's staff as his defensive coordinator. Jeff Van Gundy also remains in the running, and has strong support for GM Daryl Morey, although Alexander reportedly is still not sold on bringing back JVG.
Source: ESPN
Wed, May 18, 2016 11:55:00 AM

Mike D'Antoni will reportedly interview for the Rockets' head coach position this week.

D'Antoni is currently an 'associate head coach' with the 76ers and it's not surprising to see him in the mix for the up-tempo Rockets' head coaching gig. Houston has also talked to Sam Cassell and current assistant Chris Finch, and they're reportedly interested in Frank Vogel if he's fired by the Pacers. It's a wide-ranging search and more candidates' names are sure to surface in the coming days.
Wed, May 4, 2016 10:16:00 PM

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, there is "active buzz" that Mike D'Antoni will be on Phoenix's list of potential head coaches if and when Jeff Hornacek is fired.

It would be a nice if Hornacek didn't have to hear speculation about his possible replacement while he still has the job, but that's a different story entirely. D'Antoni has a long history in Phoenix so this report isn't a surprise, and given the Suns' current situation, it makes you wonder if Jerry Colangelo and D'Antoni would have been better off just waiting it out than recently joining the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 09:31:00 AM

Mike D'Antoni has reached an agreement with the 76ers to join Brett Brown's staff as an associate head coach.

The 76ers are 1-26 by design, but it's a smart move by Philly and it should be noted that new chairman Jerry Colangelo had a lot to with this decision. It's possible that is the first of many changes we will see in Philly moving forward, but to be clear, Brown's job is safe after recently signing an extension.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:07:00 AM

New 76ers chairman Jerry Colangelo is reportedly in talks with Mike D'Antoni to join Brett Brown's coaching staff as an associate head coach.

To be clear, D'Antoni poses no threat to Brown (Brown just signed an extension that will keep him in Philly through the 2018-19 season), but he does want to get back into coaching, and spending some time on the 76ers bench could enhance his chances of landing that next head coaching gig. It'll be interesting to see how this one plays out.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 12:47:00 AM

Mike D'Antoni met with the Nuggets to discuss the franchise’s head coaching vacancy, according to Yahoo! Sports.

If someone is going to take away the coaching job from Melvin Hunt, it is likely going to be D'Antoni. The Nuggets appear to want to get their coaching situation figured out before they go completely into draft mode, so we should have an answer soon. Of course, fantasy owners will want the Nuggets to go with D'Antoni and his seven-second offense.
Wed, Jun 3, 2015 05:57:00 PM

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