The Vertical Podcast with Woj: Daryl Morey

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Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey joins Adrian Wojnarowski on The Vertical Podcast with Woj. Morey discusses the hiring of Mike D’Antoni and the reason Jeff Van Gundy never received a formal interview for the coaching job, the future of the Dwight Howard-James Harden partnership, and the Sam Hinkie era in Philadelphia. Morey discusses what promises to be a wild summer of free agency with the rising salary cap, and why he still believes the Rockets are a prime free-agent destination.

0:50: Morey’s childhood fandom of the Cavaliers.

1:50: The head-coach search and hiring Mike D’Antoni.

5:15: Why Jeff Van Gundy didn’t get an interview with the Rockets.

7:22: Working with D’Antoni to build the roster around his style of play.

9:20: James Harden’s input in the coaching search.

13:02: Dwight Howard’s future with the Rockets and his relationship with Harden.

19:00: The criticism that Morey doesn’t value chemistry.

21:21: Reshaping the roster without bottoming out for a high draft pick.

25:00: How Morey’s use of analytics has impacted his perception around the league.

31:37: Former Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie’s tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers.

37:32: The upcoming free-agency period with the skyrocketing salary cap.

41:34: Morey’s success with high-profile free agents and Houston being a destination for stars.

44:46: The different approaches to marketing and working with star players.

47:07: The evolution of the GM job in the NBA.

51:16: Morey’s preparation for the fast-moving free-agency period.

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