The Rockets will be without the services of associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik this season, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The mind behind Houston’s defensive improvement has decided to retire at the age of 65.
Wojnarowski adds that the departure, less than 10 days before training camp opens, will put the Rockets on their heels and many of Bzdelik’s responsibilities will be spread over the remaining staff.
Bzledik previously served as the head coach of the Nuggets, with a number of other teams in smaller roles and at several stops in the NCAA.
There’s more from Texas:
- There will be a crowded backcourt in Dallas this season but that won’t matter to veteran Devin Harris after deciding to return to the Mavs. Per Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News, Harris will serve as the backup at both guard positions, along with J.J. Barea, Wesley Matthews and Jalen Brunson.
- One of the key questions that Mavs fans await answers to is whether or not they’ll see yet more progress out of Harrison Barnes in 2018/19. Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News writes that he doesn’t see the forward slipping offensively, despite the fresh faces he’ll share the court with.
- A number of NBA players will enter the 2018/19 campaign with trade kickers built into their contracts, so be sure to check out our list of those included. Among the 18 noted are Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge, Rockets star James Harden and Mavs forward Harrison Barnes.