Home Sports Basketball A bumpy flight home: Inside the breakup of Mike D’Antoni and the... SportsBasketball A bumpy flight home: Inside the breakup of Mike D’Antoni and the Rockets September 15, 2020 4 Facebook Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Two months ago, the Houston Rockets and their innovative coach, Mike D’Antoni, arrived in Orlando as a cohesive, confident group with reasonable expectations of contending for a championship. Their small-ball ways would be featured on the NBA’s biggest stage, with Russell Westbrook part of the Rockets’ playoff picture for the first time and James Harden embracing his latest chance to quiet all of his critics after all those years of falling short. And D’Antoni, the free-agent-to-be whose unresolved and contentious contract situation had stayed mostly in the background for more than a year, was widely considered the perfect man to make the most of this unorthodox and dangerous roster. But by the time they left town on Sunday afternoon, with the Lakers having bounced them from the NBA bubble in five games in the Western Conference semifinals, all that hope had been replaced by hanging heads. The original traveling party was incomplete, as Rockets… READ NEWS SOURCE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Thompson: The leadership of Jaylen Brown Three things to watch for during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Which teams eliminated from the playoffs are panicking the most? Amick: Postgame slippers, a Lakers letdown and Jamal Murray’s rise explored From tragedy to footnote: Revisiting when Paul Pierce was stabbed 20 years ago Nate Silver on the Clips, giving the Knicks another chance… and the election Looking for the next Duncan Robinson? These 4 are available in this year’s draft Sabrina Ionescu Opens Up About Kobe Bryant and Rookie Year Woes Jamal Murray buries Lakers in Game 3 with clutch shooting Chris Paul: Playing in bubble 'weighed on guys heavily' Greenberg: The Bulls’ hiring of Billy Donovan is no laughing matter Chicago Bulls hire Billy Donovan as next head coach LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.