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Rockets’ Morey Says Retaining D’Antoni is ‘Super Important’

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Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey explained to USA Today’s Mark Medina that re-signing coach Mike D’Antoni is a top priority for Houston this offseason.

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The Rockets are in the thick of the title chase in the Western Conference thanks to their star-led, high-octane offense. Along with contributions for James Harden and Russell Westbrook, coach Mike D’Antoni deserves credit for the Rockets’ high-scoring style. According to General Manager Daryl Morey, Houston’s front office is poised to keep that foundation intact.

In an interview with USA Today’s Mark Medina, Morey explained that retaining D’Antoni is near the top of the Rockets’ offseason to-do list.

“It’s probably No. 1 That’s a fair way to put it,” Morey told USA TODAY Sports. “We have all our key players signed. I think Mike coming back is super important.”

D’Antoni, who will turn 70 next year, is in his fourth season with the Rockets. During his tenure with Houston, he has amassed a 318-217 regular season record. The current coaching vacancies in the NBA should combine with D’Antoni’s modern offensive style to create a considerable market for his services.

You can read the full report from Medina at USA Today.