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Mike D'Antoni  

Head Coach of the Houston Rockets

Mike D’Antoni is currently the head coach of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). While head coach of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, he won NBA Coach of the Year honors for the 2004–05 NBA season after the Suns posted 33 more wins than the previous season. He coached the New York Knicks starting in 2008 before resigning in 2012. He was hired by the Lakers after seven games into the 2012–13 season

Before joining the Rockets in 2016, D’Antoni was named the 24th head coach of the Lakers in 2012. Prior to joining the Lakers, D’Antoni served as an assistant coach under Mike Krzyzewski on the gold medal-winning US Men’s National Basketball Team during the 2012 London Olympics. In what was his second stint with the Men’s Senior National Team, D’Antoni was also an assistant coach for Team USA’s gold medal run at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Hired to become the 24th head coach in Knicks franchise history on May 13, 2008, D’Antoni guided the 2010-11 team to their first winning season since 2000-01.

Prior to joining the Knicks, D’Antoni spent five seasons with the Phoenix Suns (2003-08), compiling a 253-136 (.650) overall record. After a year of scouting for the San Antonio Spurs, he joined the Portland Trail Blazers, where he served one season as an assistant coach (2000-01) before returning to coach one final season in Italy (2001-02), where he had previously coached for seven years from 1990-97.

He made his NBA head coaching debut with the Denver Nuggets during the lockout shortened 1998-99 season. Originally joining the Nuggets as Director of Player Personnel for the 1997-98 campaign, in his lone season on the bench with the Nuggets, he posted a 14-36 (.280) overall record.

D’Antoni, who also spent four years in the NBA as a player with the Kansas City-Omaha Kings and San Antonio Spurs (3.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 130 games) and another 13 playing in Italy.

As a player in Italy, D’Antoni was voted the Italian League’s all-time greatest point guard in 1990 following a career that saw him become Milan’s all-time leading scorer and lead the team to five Italian League titles, two Cups of Europe, two Cups of Italy, one Korac Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. Selected to play on the Italian national team for the European Championships in 1989 and part of the Milan team that competed in the inaugural McDonald’s Open in 1987.

On May 7, 2017, D'Antoni and Erik Spoelstra were announced as co-recipients of the inaugural Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, and one month later, he won the NBA Coach of the Year Award.

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