The Portland Trail Blazers recently sacked their head coach, Terry Stotts. The franchise’s decision was understandable as the Portland Trail Blazers lost to the Denver Nuggets in the first round despite the Nuggets injuring a few key rotation players, namely Jamal Murray and Will Barton.
There will of course have to be a replacement and there are coaches in the league who would like to coach a superstar like Damian Lillard when the opportunity presents itself. It seems like Mike D’Antoni is one of the coaches interested in what was reported by Sam Amick.
But as this process begins and so many believe that the quality of that attitude will shape the future of the Damian Lillard franchise-centered company, there is a counter-intuitive name to add to the conversation whose coaching profile is likely to each of those to come Outshines candidate: Brooklyn assistant coach Mike D’Antoni. A source aware of D’Antoni’s situation said he had a serious interest in the Portland position, although it remains to be seen whether it will be reciprocated.
However, since D’Antoni played such a crucial role in the success of the Nets alongside Steve Nash after his pioneering four-year run in Houston that saw his Rockets so close to the Golden State dynasty, his name is as intriguing as it is on the free market. Even if it doesn’t quite fit Olshey’s wish list.
Mike D’Antoni has had great success coaching Superstar Guards as he has coached both Steve Nash and James Harden throughout his career. Although these teams never won championships, they were always competitive against top teams. While Mike D’Antoni has not been hired yet, he would be someone who could potentially take Damian Lillard to a new level.