Southwest Notes: Bzdelik, Conley, Davis, Holiday

Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni missed a second consecutive game with the stomach flu today, but fortunately for the Rockets, associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik has been able to pick up the slack in D’Antoni’s absence.

Unfortunately, the Rockets do not yet know whether Bzdelik, 66, will return to the team next season after he told Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle that he hasn’t yet thought about his future beyond this season.

“That’s a really good question. I don’t know the answer to it,” Bzdelik said when asked whether he intended to return to the Rockets next season. “First of all, none of us have any guarantees on tomorrow… I work for a great organization, great ownership, great management. I work for a great, great man and basketball coach in Mike. I work with great people. I thoroughly enjoy my job.”

Bzdelik, who retired after the end of last season due to an unspecified personal issue, returned to the Rockets in November.

There’s more out of the Southwest Division this evening:

  • Chris Herrington of The Daily Memphian takes a detailed look at the value of Mike Conley to the Memphis franchise in the wake of what could be the final few games of the 31-year-old point guard’s career with the Grizzlies. Additionally, Herrington analyzes some variables that may affect whether the team ultimately trades Conley.
  • While recognizing that Anthony Davis is the greatest player in franchise history, Scott Kushner of The Advocate writes how Davis’ connection with the Pelicans franchise and the city of New Orleans imploded the second he demanded a trade. Both Davis and the Pelicans are sick of losing, but were never able to come up with a joint solution to the problem.
  • In another article for The Advocate, Kushner details how Davis’ inevitable departure may lead to Jrue Holiday being the new face of the Pelicans, a role and challenge that Holiday is ready to embrace. “I’m going to go with it,” Holiday said. “I’m excited to run with it. I guess I’d like to be more involved with decisions and decision-making moving forward.”
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8 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Bzdelik, Conley, Davis, Holiday

  1. Guest617

    high school hoops draws better attendance than the pels – relocating to seattle might be best

  2. greg1

    If Jrue isn’t the most underrated player in the league, I don’t know who is.

  3. hiflew

    I’d think Chris Paul would have something to say about “best player in franchise history” for the Pelicans. Right now, I’d put Paul above Davis. If Brow sticks around, then he passes, but I’d go CP3 #1 as of now.

    • CP3 was at his best in NOLA no doubt about it… but man AD has been for the last 3-5 years easily the best player in the league… so I am afraid CP3 hasn’t got much to say about it. AD all the way dude!!!

  4. Jason Lancaster

    Can’t believe Utah didn’t make the Conley trade. Seems like the perfect fit all the way around.

    Maybe this summer.

    • They did mess up for sure. Bc now if they did want him, they have to part with Favors.

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