Chris Paul on Rockets, Mike D’Antoni’s offense
The Houston Rockets have the second-best record in the NBA at 17-4, behind only the Boston Celtics. And they’ve done it mostly without newly acquired Chris Paul.
The former L.A. Clippers star point guard has only played seven games for the Rockets this season and has only recently returned from a bruised knee.
But while he has not played much, Paul is already raving about how head coach Mike D’Antoni runs Houston’s offense, per Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
“I always heard that I like to dribble, dribble,” Paul said. “But I’m loving this. I can go like this (shooting his hand forward like a hard jab.) I love it. For me, who loves finding guys open shots, it’s been a lot of fun.”
D’Antoni is often described as an offensive genius and is largely responsible for the fast-paced, three-point-happy style of the current NBA. He fathered that style in the early 2000s with the seven-seconds-or-less Phoenix Suns.
Because Paul is the new kid on the block in Houston, it’s important that he feels happy with the style of play, the coaching, and his teammates. He’ll need more time to gel with James Harden and company, but from the sound of it, the transition won’t take too long.
So far, so good, it appears.