Mike D’Antoni will take the coming NBA season off, but we can see him returning the following season and landing in Houston to reunite with Jeremy Lin.
In fact, it makes all the sense in the world. Now that the Rockets are committed to going with Lin as their top playmaker, they should have D’Antoni’s phone number handy. Nothing against their current coach, Kevin McHale, but if the Rockets really believe that the former Knick sensation can be a crucial part of their renaissance, then there's no better system to put him in than the one used exclusively by D’Antoni, as the sporting world saw much to its amazement last season.
“For 20 games, he was one of the best in the league and he was dominating from the headlines to even the basketball court,” D’Antoni said in England, where the former Knick coach is assisting Mike Krzyzewski with the U.S. Olympic team. “So you can’t discount that he’ll never be able to do it, because not only did he do it, he did it at the highest level possible.”