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Mike D’Antoni on Houston’s smallball: “Playing traditional wasn’t efficient enough to win a championship”

Mike D'Antoni Houston Rockets
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The Houston Rockets became the “smallest” team in the league, after deciding to trade Clint Capela on February.

Mike D’ Antoni talked on an IG interview with Cayleigh Griffin about the team’s decision to trade its starting center and go “small”.

“We went small because we really thought — the way our team was structured and the abilities of our guys — there were certain keys that we had to have,” D’Antoni said. “Playing traditional wasn’t efficient enough to win a championship.”

“Coming in fourth place, third place, second place just wasn’t good enough. We really believe the analytics, from Daryl all the way down to the coaching staff and players, this wasn’t getting it done.”

The Rockets’ ensembled around their superstars a squad consisting of several players, who can guard multiply positions.

All in all, the “notorious” small-ball may or may not lead the team to the coveted NBA title. Either way, if the season returns, the Rockets will win or lose on their own terms.

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