Two prominent names have emerged in the Houston Rockets’ head coaching search.
The Houston Rockets are officially moving on from head coach Mike D’Antoni, who informed the franchise of his plans to pursue another job. D’Antoni was in the final year of his contract and it was unclear if Houston was interested in bringing him back. So, both sides have chosen to just move on.
“Our time here was among the most memorable experiences of our lives. From the 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,” the D’Antonis said in a statement.
Houston is now undergoing a major head coaching search. Two prominent names have emerged at the top of the list, according to a report by The Athletic.
According to the report, the Rockets are considering Tyronn Lue and Jeff Van Gundy.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 15, 2020
Lue is the former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning a championship with LeBron James. He’s currently an assistant coach for the Clippers.
Van Gundy, the ABC/ESPN analyst, formerly coached the Houston Rockets in the early 2000s before moving into television.
Houston is coming off a second round loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.