Instead of pursuing a head coaching gig for the 2020-21 season, Mike D’Antoni agreed to be an assistant coach for Steve Nash and the Brooklyn Nets. Whenever their playoff run comes to an end, he may pursue another opportunity elsewhere.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, D’Antoni is interested in the recent job opening for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Portland parted ways with Terry Stotts after the team was eliminated by Denver in the first round of the playoffs. He owned a 402-318 record during his time with the franchise.
Jason Kidd was immediately linked to the Blazers’ job opening, but he took his name out of the running over the weekend. The Hall of Fame point guard was reportedly “uncomfortable with the idea of pursuing the opening after Blazers star Damian Lillard publicly called for his hiring.”
The Blazers still have plenty of options in front of them, which includes D’Antoni. He’s older than most candidates, but there’s no denying his résumé.
As the Trail Blazers begin their search for Terry Stotts’ replacement, and with Damian Lillard’s future in Portland suddenly part of the conversation, a new and intriguing name emerges: Mike D’Antoni. Details here, at @TheAthleticNBA https://t.co/gw2azzrvOd
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 10, 2021
Hypothetically speaking, D’Antoni could build an explosive offense around Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum.
The NBA world saw how dangerous the Houston Rockets were under D’Antoni when they had James Harden and Chris Paul. They were just one win away from clinching a spot in the Finals back in 2018.
Do you think D’Antoni would be a good fit for Portland?