On Wednesday night, the Brooklyn Nets organization announced that assistant coach Mike D’Antoni will not be returning to Steve Nash’s coaching staff for the 2021-22 NBA season. Coach D’Antoni decides to leave his post after a season spent with the organization. It is unknown why D’Antoni decides to quit the team. At the end of June, D’Antoni met with the Portland Trail Blazers for the vacant head coach position; he has been interviewed twice.
From ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the 70-year-old veteran coach is still looking for another job as a head coach. Coach Nash commented on the story, saying, “I will always be grateful for his advice and will carry on a lifetime of lessons from the many years we have spent together. Our players and staff all enjoyed their time in Brooklyn and we wish Mike, Laurel and their family the best in what lies ahead. This news shocked Nash personally, given their history together.
Brooklyn Nets assistant Mike D’Antoni is stepping away from a full-time coaching role with Steve Nash’s squad, sources have told ESPN. D’Antoni is expected to return to a head coaching position in the future. He was a finalist for the Portland opener this year.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 28, 2021
– Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 28, 2021
During his 16-year NBA head coaching career, D’Antoni’s WL record is 718-555 (0.564). Although he never won an NBA championship, D’Antoni won the 2005 Coach of the Year award with the Phoenix Suns when Nash was their star point guard, and he won his second award as he coached the Houston Rockets in 2017. The 2004-05 Suns finished 62-20 (.756), placing first in the Pacific Division and first overall in the Western Conference. However, the Suns lost four games to one to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference final.
The 2017-18 Rockets finished their season 65-17 (0.793), placing first in the Southwest Division and first in the Western Conference Finals. However, once again D’Antoni’s team fell short, losing in Game 7 to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Coach D’Antoni was also the head coach of the NBA All-Star Game in 2007 and 2018. Additionally, the Nets lost another assistant coach this offseason after the Boston Celtics hired Ime Udoka to become their next. head coach. On July 9, 2021, the Nets hired former Trail Blazers assistant coach David Vanterpool to their coaching staff.