The popular Indiana Pacers candidate has informed the Rockets that he will not return next season.
The Indiana Pacers have been a popular team mentioned in the running for former Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni. With the Pacers continuing their search for their next head coach, a popular name has officially entered the running.
Fans seem to be split on the potential of D’Antoni replacing Nate McMillan. He had a tremendous regular-season tenure with the Houston Rockets, compiling a record of 217-101, making the playoffs in each of his four seasons. In Houston, D’Antoni also escaped the first round of the playoffs in all four seasons.
His playoff record in Houston was a respectable 28-23 as he took Houston to the Western Conference Finals in 2018 before losing in Game 7 to the Warriors. The Rockets were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round this season, ending D’Antoni’s run as head coach.
Woj reported in August that D’Antoni would be in consideration for the Pacers job should he become available. A few weeks later, and that has become the reality.
The search for a head coach is never easy nor should it be quick. Indiana will spend plenty of time with each of the possible candidates and do what is best for the team heading into next season. Several names have already been linked to Indiana, making for an interesting offseason ahead for the blue and gold.
When news does break of the new head coach, we will be on top of it. Stay tuned for what should be a fun offseason in Indiana.