Rockets pick up team option on Mike D'Antoni's contract

- Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta announced on Wednesday that the team has picked up the fourth-year option on head coach Mike D’Antoni’s contract, keeping him with the team through the 2019-20 season.

D’Antoni originally signed a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth year prior to the 2016-17 season.

In two seasons with D’Antoni at the helm, the Rockets have recorded the second-highest winning percentage in the NBA (.732; 120-44). D’Antoni just finished his second year with the Rockets, leading the team to a franchise-best 65 wins, before losing in seven games to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

The 65 wins marked the first time that the Rockets posted the best record in the NBA. The team also won a franchise record 31 road games, tying for the sixth-highest single season total in league history.

Following his first season with the Rockets, D'Antoni was named the NBA Coach of the Year. 

“The way Mike conducts himself behind the scenes along with the results he brings, it did not take long for me to see that he is the perfect fit for our organization,” said Fertitta. “We are thrilled to have Coach D’Antoni continue to push the Rockets towards our goal of winning a championship.” 

The Rockets became the sixth team in NBA history to record three winning streaks of at least 10 games in a single season, including 17 in a row from Jan. 28 until March 7, which was the second-longest streak in franchise history. 

D’Antoni became the eighth coach in league history to win multiple Coach of the Year awards, and joins Gregg Popovich as the only ones who are active.

The Rockets have set the NBA single season record for 3-pointers made in each of the past two seasons.

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