Rockets associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik plans to end his brief retirement and return to the team, tweets Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Bzdelik had spent two seasons in Houston and was the architect of a defense that has fallen on hard times since he left.
Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston spoke to team owner Tilman Fertitta, who confirmed that Bzdelik will be returning (Twitter link).
“We’re excited to have Jeff back,” Fertitta said. “He’s one of the great defensive coaches.We worked on him and I think the team is excited to get him back.” (Twitter link)
Bzdelik left the team shortly before the start of training camp in September, citing family issues that he needed to resolve. Those issues have been taken care of, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, leaving Bzdelik free to resume coaching (Twitter link).
It could be another seven to 10 days before Bzdelik actually rejoins the team, Feigen adds (Twitter link), but he notes the decision wasn’t related to the Rockets’ disappointing start and that Fertitta made frequent calls to try to bring him back.
After posting the best record in the league last season, Houston stumbled to a 1-5 start, with defense being a major issue. The performance was better in a pair of wins in Brooklyn and Chicago, but the team will still be happy to have its defensive specialist back on the sidelines.