What the next Rockets coach can and can’t change
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  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

What changes can we expect from the Houston Rockets’ next coach?

After the Los Angeles Lakers eliminated the Rockets in the second round of the playoffs, Mike D’Antoni, whose four-year contract had expired, informed the franchise that he would not return as coach, according to a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Whoever replaces D’Antoni will have to work with the Rockets’ unique roster and the particular ways that James Harden’s and Russell Westbrook’s skills shape Houston’s approach on both ends.

Let’s take a look at the options for the Rockets’ head coach of the future.

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