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Rockets Put Premium On Experience In New Coach D’Antoni

Mike D’Antoni was named the new head coach for the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

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HOUSTON (AP) — Of all of Mike D’Antoni’s strengths, the Houston Rockets valued his experience above all else.

Houston introduced D’Antoni as their new coach on Wednesday with owner Leslie Alexander saying they wanted someone who could win now instead of a younger coach who would have to grow with the team.

Alexander says: “We wanted somebody that was a master of the craft.”

The 65-year-old D’Antoni, who spent last season as the associate head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, has previously coached the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

He inherits a team led by James Harden that was ousted by Golden State in the first round of the playoffs this season after reaching the Western Conference Finals a year ago.

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