Former Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is about to satisfy with Charlotte Hornets proprietor Michael Jordan on Tuesday to additional focus on the franchise’s teaching job, sources instructed ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
D’Antoni was thought of a finalist for the Hornets submit earlier than Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson accepted the place throughout the NBA Finals, solely to then change his thoughts Saturday and stay with the Warriors.
Atkinson and the Hornets had agreed in precept to a four-year deal, however a contract was by no means signed, sources mentioned.
D’Antoni, based on sources, had two conferences with Hornets administration previous to the Atkinson information.
D’Antoni was 217-102 in his 4 seasons (2016-2020) as Rockets coach, advancing as soon as to the Western Convention finals and 3 times to the convention semifinals. D’Antoni, a two-time NBA Coach of the 12 months, led the Rockets to the very best successful share within the Western Convention over these 4 years (.682), trailing solely the Toronto Raptors (.695) in all the league.
Throughout 16 seasons as a head coach with Denver, Phoenix, the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Houston, D’Antoni is 672-527 (.560) and 54-56 within the playoffs. He’s a two-time NBA coach of the yr (2004 and 2017).