Definitely Seems Like Rockets Are Trying to Force Mike D'Antoni Out

HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 10: Head coach Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets gestures during Game Six of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 10, 2019 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Six | Bob Levey

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

One year removed from beating the Warriors to the top seed in the Western Conference and being a win away from the NBA Finals, it seems that dysfunction may have seeped all the way to the core of Rockets management.

Let's unpack this -- Tilman Fertitta, the owner of the Houston Rockets, picked up head coach MIke D'Antoni's option for next season. Not a big deal, right?

Usually, no. Except for the fact that he did it without confirming with general manager Daryl Morey, who, based on his immediate reaction, makes it seem like Mike D'Antoni was not in his plans for 2019-20.

Most Rockets fans will agree with Morey's opinion on D'Antoni, which is that a return to Houston should still be up in the air. Despite seeing success, (last year, most notably) his tenure has largely been met by frustration from the faithful Houston fanbase.

What will give Rockets fans cause for concern is the way Morey has handled things. Dysfunction is something that, as a fan of a team, you want nowhere near your front office. It seems Houston may be pummeling full speed ahead in that direction.