Mike D’Antoni doesn’t want to get too much in the way of James Harden, Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook joined the Houston Rockets this summer, reuniting with James Harden. It’s not clear how well they will perform together in this new setting, but head coach Mike D’Antoni says he and his staff won’t get in the way.
“We’re not going to make it too complicated,” Mike D’Antoni told ESPN’s Tim MacMahon. “They’re MVPs. They’ll put up MVP numbers. I don’t have to interject how smart I am. That’ll just screw it up. They’re really f—ing good.”
James Harden and Russell Westbrook are recognized as two of the NBA’s most prolific scorers. They have great handles and a knack for creating their own shots. The only tricky part will be finding enough looks for both of them. That job lies in D’Antoni’s hands.
“That’s what great players do,” D’Antoni told Jonathan Fiegen of the Houston Chronicle. “Great players figure it out. They make it work. I go back to USA Basketball. You have all those guys, and all of them have the ball in their hands. When you want to make it work, they all did. You’ve got the best team in the world with all that talent — nobody stepped on anybody’s toes. It was great. It’ll be the same thing.”
Houston is coming off of a fine season. They finished the 2018-19 campaign with a 53-29 overall record, earning a No. 4 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. Unfortunately, though, the Rockets were defeated by the Golden State Warriors in the second round, 4-2. Without a doubt, Houston is a team that will be looking for a deeper run.
The Rockets kick off their 2019-20 regular season campaign on Thursday night with a matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. Tip-off inside the Toyota Center is set for 8:00 p.m. ET, with TNT having live broadcast coverage.
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