“Per league sources, #Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni is receiving interest for the #Blazers, #Celtics and #Magic HC jobs,” Schultz said on Twitter. “The Nets will grant interview requests for D’Antoni — following the playoffs.”
D’Antoni will continue coaching with the Nets through the end of the postseason. Once the playoffs have concluded, it looks like he’ll have three interviews lined up.
Per league sources, #Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni is receiving interest for the #Blazers, #Celtics and #Magic HC jobs. The Nets will grant interview requests for D’Antoni — following the playoffs.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 9, 2021
Mike D’Antoni was last a head coach when he was with the Houston Rockets. He came close to getting Houston over the hump, but never quite turned the Rockets into a championship team.
Steve Nash hired D’Antoni ahead of the 2020-21 season, making him an assistant coach on the Nets’ staff. It certainly looks like D’Antoni and Nash are on their way to helping Brooklyn win a championship.
The Blazers, Celtics and Magic, meanwhile are in need of a new head coach. Boston and Portland, in particular, appear to be just a player or two away from becoming a championship contender. D’Antoni could fit in well with Portland, which is led by Damian Lillard.
D’Antoni’s system worked well with another lethal three-point shooter in James Harden when both were with the Rockets. The veteran coach could be capable of taking Lillard’s game to the next level, if that’s the route both D’Antoni and Portland take.