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Rockets pick up option on Mike D’Antoni

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The coach is now signed through 2020.

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The Houston Rockets announced yesterday that they will be picking up the fourth-year option on head coach Mike D’Antoni’s contract, ensuring that he is now signed through the 2019-2020 season.

D’Antoni was hired before the start of the 2016-2017 season, and though the hiring was initially met with some skepticism from Rockets fans, he’s been a smashing success so far in Houston.

D’Antoni has racked up a 120-44 record in his two seasons with the Rockets, and his offensive philosophies have unlocked the mega-star potential in James Harden, who was just named this season’s Most Valuable Player.

D’Antoni himself won coach of the year honors last season, making him just the eighth coach in NBA history to win the honor with two different franchises. He also won it with the Phoenix Suns in 2005.

The Rockets have been among the best offensive teams in league history since D’Antoni’s arrival, and they were also finally among the league’s best defensive teams this season, in which Houston finished with a 65-17 record and the top overall seed in the NBA Playoffs.

A lot of the defensive improvement D’Antoni has credited to assistant coach Jeff Bzdelik, and even though he and several other assistants are only signed through next season, it sounds as if D’Antoni’s extension means they all have a good chance of being offered extensions as well.

Rockets owner Tillman Fertitta had this to say about the D’Antoni fourth-year option:

“The way Mike conducts himself behind the scenes along with the results he brings, it did not take long for me to see that he is the perfect fit for our organization. We are thrilled to have Coach D’Antoni continue to push the Rockets towards our goal of winning a championship.”