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Mike D'Antoni: "moving to a new chapter"
Posted: September 13, 2020 -- 1:53 p.m. CT
Sunday afternoon, Mike D'Antoni ended any speculation whether or not he would coach the Houston Rockets in the 2020-'21 season and beyond. D'Antoni informed the Rockets' organization he will not return.
D'Antoni and his wife, Laurel, issued this statement:
To our Houston Community,
It's with tremendous sadness and gratitude that wife Laurel and I announce that our incredible journey in Houston has ended for now and that we'll be moving to a new chapter. Our time here was among the most memorable experiences of our lives. From dear friends we've made, the incredible partnerships with civic minded-leaders and city officials, to the wonderful nonprofits and the clients they serve, Laurel and I will be forever indebted to this community for embracing our family.
Most of all, I can't thank enough the entire Fertitta family, Daryl Morey, the staff, and the incredible and dedicated players I've been privileged to coach. The Rockets are a historic NBA franchise with fantastic fans and we've been proud to join with you to play a part in some of the successes here in Houston.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for making us feel like true Houstonians. For that, we will always be truly grateful.
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D'Antoni was 217-102 in his four seasons as Rockets coach, advancing once to the Western Conference finals and three times to the conference semifinals.
D'Antoni's 4-year contract with the Rockets expired with Saturday's series-clinching loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
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