The Job is not for sensitive types. You may be as resourceful as Mike D’Antoni, was able to implement fifteen years ago, the Phoenix Suns, his idea of High-Speed Basketball with a wild creative playmaker by the name of Steve Nash for the first Time almost perfectly. Something Similar, he's trying to perfect in four years with the Houston Rockets, thanks to an excellent distance, such as James Harden and protect. Twice he has introduced his Work in the course of his career, the award for NBA coach of the year. However, his inspiring Basketball remained the last proof of its effectiveness is guilty. To be handed a championship success it never.
Before the start of the current season, the constellation, however, was for the first Time, really promising. The claim on the championship to underline the club in the context of a game exchange with Russell Westbrook one of the best individualists in Texas. The Signal went at the same time, behind the Scenes, to the address of D’Antoni, was, however, more like a mood damper. We were offered the Coach a contract extension beyond the summer of 2020, just half of his current base salary of $ 5 million, and praised as a bonus, the only hard-to-reach performance bonuses.
lack of sustained defensive spirit
Since then, a series of incidents made for a season that fell well short of expectations. Why in October, belonged to the political controversy with the Sports leaders in China and around the sympathy statement from the chief Manager Daryl Morey for the politically oppressed people in Hong Kong. On the field there was a lack of sustained defensive spirit. And so the Rockets were already in front of the Covid break into the midfield of the table in the Western Conference today.
The more spicy the authorized acts in the first Playoff round in the quarantine bubble of Walt Disney World, where the championship after the months-long interruption since the end of July without an audience is continued. Because the Rockets hit as the Fourth, of all places, the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Team in the Chris Paul as a playmaker, the focal point is. The man, the one in Houston as part of the exchange action and is likely to have given this an unsentimental farewell to the bill with the Rockets open.
With the Thunder, where the Braunschweiger Dennis Schröder plays, acted as the best sixth man, and the strongest season of his career delivers, the situation is quite different. The prospects for the team, which had lost in addition to Westbrook and Paul George (now with the Los Angeles Clippers) another Topmann, were so low that even Reaching the Playoffs was rated as a success.
A matter of Basketball philosophy
The Best-of-Seven series between the two Teams is a delightful question in terms of unconventional Basketball will help philosophy to answer. D'antoni, who has never made a secret of the fact that in his tactical corset classic Center only a minor role to play, with a squad in the dispute, has abandoned the fight for air superiority on and around the basket from the outset. The Team parted ways in the spring of of 2.08 meters great Swiss Clint Capela and the 2.11 Meter long Brazilian replacement Center Nenê. You can kill them in this unorthodox way a Team like the Thunder, in which the Position with the new Zealander Steven Adams and the American Nerlens Noel is very tidy and is occupied? This depends not so much of the offensive power, as a glance at the statistics of the regular season shows. Both Teams were were on a record of 44 Wins and 28 defeats. The Rockets scored per game, significantly more points than Oklahoma City, was completely irrelevant. The team was at the same time far more baskets.Updated Date: 17 August 2020, 07:20