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Jeff Bzdelik agrees to return to the Rockets

The man who devised Houston’s defensive scheme is set to return to the sidelines.

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Houston Rockets assistant head coach Jeff Bzdelik, who retired in the offseason, has just agreed to come out of retirement and come back to the Rockets to help tighten up the defense, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen and ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

When the Rockets lost Bzdelik over the summer to tend to family matters, many figured it was the biggest loss of the Houston offseason and would make more of an impact than losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Well, the defense has slipped to 21st in overall team defensive rating after finishing 6th last year, and they’re currently 26th in points per possession after finishing 9th last year, and we’re about to find out of it’s really Bzdelik that makes all the difference.

Also, according to Feigen, it’ll be several weeks until Bzdelik is back on the sidelines full-time, as he wraps up some of the family matters he initially left to attend to, and you can thank new Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta for working to bring Bzdelik back.

Fertitta had this to say:

“We’re excited to have Jeff back. He’s one of the great defensive coaches. We worked on him, and I think the team is excited to get him back”

Rockets fans are also glad to have Bzdelik back, and hopefully the Houston defensive prowess returns alongside him in this championship-or-bust year that’s started off like very few expected.