Linked below is a good article on new Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni written at the time of his hiring. Good stuff from Feigen on how D’Antoni’s uptempo philosophy was developed throughout his life from his father to his college and pro coaches. If you haven’t read it already, Jack McCallum’s book on D’Antoni’s Suns teams Seven Seconds or Less is fantastic and is a great in-season read for road trips. A PDF of the article is embedded beneath the link.
“There is a lot of stuff that influences how you see basketball,” D’Antoni said. “I’m a product of how I grew up, the coaches I had. You have your own personality but get heavily influenced from the past.”
For more on D’Antoni:
-Mike D’Antoni’s “Paint DHO” (LINK)
-Steve Novak play: D’Antoni set play for a 3 (LINK)
-Move it or die: the NBA’s ball movement revolution (LINK)
-The NBA’s 35-year war over the 3-pointer (LINK)