NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets kick Jeff Van Gundy out of the list of candidates for the head coach position, Mike D’Antoni emerging as top choice

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NBA Rumors: Houston Rockets kick Jeff Van Gundy out of the list of candidates for the head coach position, Mike D’Antoni emerging as top choice

NBA rumors are now swirling with the former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy who has reportedly been removed from the list of candidates for the position.

According to report from Yahoo Sports, Jeff Van Gundy, who is said to be topping the list for the Rockets job, will no longer be having a reunion with the Houston Rockets. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey decided not to include Van Gundy in the next stage of the Rockets’ coaching search and added that the organization wanted a different kind of coach for the team.

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Jeff Van Gundy became the head coach of the Houston Rockets from 2003-2007 and had 50-plus win seasons before he left the team in 2007. According to Jonathan Feigen of Houston Chronicles, former Phoenix Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni is now emerging as the top candidate for the Rockets’ job.

Mike D’Antoni has experience handling the Rockets stars Dwight Howard and James Harden in two different situations. He managed to handle Howard in the Los Angeles Lakers and he mentored James Harden in the 2012 USA Basketball Olympic team. This can be a huge factor for him to be considered as the Rockets head coach since they are looking for the right person that can provide the right chemistry for the two superstars.

Among other candidates for the Houston Rockets head coach position include former Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Los Angeles Clippers assistant Sam Cassell, Charlotte Hornets assistant Stephen Silas, Houston Rockets assistant Chris Finch, former Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina.

Other prospect that are also removed from the Houston Rockets’ list of candidates are interim Coach J.B. Bickerstaff and Kenny Smith. Bickerstaff made an early announcement that he will be no longer taking part in the Rockets search for head coach. On the other hand, Kenny Smith was removed from the list after the management decided to focus on coaches with head coaching experience or extensive experience as an assistant.

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