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PJ Tucker said he wants Mike D’Antoni to re-sign with the Houston Rockets and remain with the team as head coach.

Tucker called D’Antoni a “player’s coach”, who always takes time to communicate with his players.

“Mike handles everything the same way. He’s a player’s coach. He always comes to us, me and Russ and James [Harden]. We have meetings all the time and talk about things. That’s one of the things I love about coach is the way he handles things.

In the offseason and all the years I’ve been here, it’s always been like that. Through all the roller coasters, the ups and downs, the winning streaks, the losing streaks, he’s always the same. I think it’s great. He’s always with us, no matter what.

He’s the first one to come in and say he’ll take the blame. He’ll always look at us and have the same demeanor. Having a veteran group and guys who have been around, having a coach that you can rely on and always be there and have our backs no matter what, I think that’s big. I think that’s why every guy on our team will go to bat for him,” Tucker said, per Ben DuBose of USA Today.

Extension talks between the Rockets and coach D’Antoni will resume after the postseason.