Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni joins The Vertical Podcast with Woj to discuss Tim Duncan's recent retirement and just how special the Spurs superstar was.
D’Antoni also opens up about what he’s learned is most important in coaching the modern NBA superstar and how his experiences with the Knicks and Lakers will shape his time with star guard James Harden and the Rockets.
D’Antoni also discusses what went wrong with the Knicks and why he ultimately quit the job. D’Antoni goes deep into the Seven Seconds or Less Suns, the emergence of Steve Nash as an MVP and whether he regrets leaving him for New York.
D’Antoni also talks about his college years at Marshall University, the football plane crash that shaped him and the community, and how close he came to accepting the school’s coaching job and returning to his alma mater.
0:58: Duncan’s retirement and the year D’Antoni spent with the Spurs.
4:33: How D’Antoni’s Suns prepared to face Duncan in the playoffs.
5:57: A revealing story about Duncan’s leadership behind the scenes.
7:22: The motivation behind D’Antoni’s return to the NBA as an assistant with the 76ers.
10:12: D’Antoni’s hopes and plans for his partnership with Harden.
13:56: Lessons learned from working with star players after leaving the Suns.
17:38: How much resentment did Knicks teammates have during Jeremy Lin’s breakout stretch in 2012?
21:28: The origins of the Seven Seconds or Less offense in Phoenix.
26:56: D’Antoni’s wavering confidence as a player before going to Italy.
29:04: The start of his head-coaching career in Italy, featuring Bob McAdoo and Darryl Dawkins.
33:54: Growing up in West Virginia and admiring Jerry West.
36:15: Attending Marshall when the football team’s plane crashed.
40:18: Nearly accepting the Marshall head-coaching job before his brother was hired.
41:54: The end of his tenure in Phoenix.
45:40: D’Antoni’s negotiations with the Bulls before taking over the Knicks.
48:29: His goals with the Rockets.