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Mike D’Antoni says Rockets are still devoted to their “small ball” plan, when play returns

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The Houston Rockets will be one of the 22 NBA teams, who will participate in the resumption plan of the league in Orlando. The Rockets’ coach Mike D’ Antoni claimed that his team will still remain devoted to the small-ball when they return to Orlando.

“It’s pretty evident we’ve gone all in,” D’Antoni said. “It’s like, no, we’re in. It’s changed a little bit, only in that it gives us time to go through a training camp, more or less – about the same time, actually, so a training camp. And getting on the same page as good as we can.

We were confident even before that we were on the right track. Now, being on the right track and winning it all, sometimes they’re different. But I think this gives us the best chance that we can do it, and now that we’re able to expand the playbook and get people on the same page. … It’s going to come down to can we maximize what we have and is it enough? You don’t know until you get in the competition,” D’ Antoni told Houston Chronicle Brian T.Smith.

The franchise decided to move on from their starting center Clint Capela, who was traded to Atlanta in a massive 4-team trade in February. Ex-Minnesota forward Robert Covington ended up in Houston being the lead rim-protector of the team (2.5 blocks per) until the league-wide decision to shut down basketball activity due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

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