Tillman Fertitta, the Houston Rockets boss, confirmed on Friday that he will try to keep Mike D’Antoni as the team’s coach and vowed to do whatever it takes to chase for the title.
“Mike will be the coach next year,” Fertitta was quoted by the Houston Chronicle as saying. “Mike is going to be 69 years old and We’ll sit down with Mike in the next few weeks and talk with him. We’re more concerned with making our team better next year. Mike will be here. I like Mike. I think he’s a very good coach. Players like playing for him. Mike and I do well together. Hopefully, we’ll continue to win and Mike will be here for a long time.”
After Houston’s Game 6 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the West Conference semifinals, Fertitta remained confident that James Harden will be the player to lead the Rockets to their first NBA title since 1995.
“I can promise you, we’re going to win some championships with James Harden,” Fertitta said. “Because we are not going to sit here, we will go to battle every year, we’re going to have a strong offseason, and we’re going to do whatever we can do to be a better team.
“We’re here to win,” Fertitta said. “We’re not here to be just OK and make it to the playoffs. We’re going to do whatever it takes to be a championship-style team every year. I will make moves to always extend our runway. I’m not a rebuilding guy to go collapse for three years to get Draft picks. I want to keep us at as high a level as we can.”