Mike D'Antoni

Mike D'Antoni is known as an American-Italian professional basketball coach and former player. He is most famous for speeding up the game of basketball with his quick offense strategy.


Background and Age

Michael Andrew D'Antoni was born on May 8, 1951, in Mullens, WV. He was born to Lewis and Betty Jo D'Antoni. He was extremely close to his father who bolstered his future career. Lewis was a basketball coach, a high school head and a member of the West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. His mom was an assistant district representative. In 2017, he lost his father who passed away at 103 years old. Mike expressed that although his father's passing was normal, despite everything he still felt tormented.

Mike has a an older sibling, Joseph "Dan" D'Antoni. Like Mike, he was additionally a basketball player and became the head coach of the school basketball crew, Marshall Thundering Herd. The two siblings, similar to their father, are members of West Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. Dan D'Antoni worked as an assistant to his sibling, Mike, on a few sports teams including the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Career and Net Worth

Mike started his career as a basketball coach in 1990 with Olimpia Milano. After four seasons, he proceeded onward to coach another Italian group, Benetton Treviso. His first NBA coaching employment was in 1997 with the Denver Nuggets.

By 2002, he turned into an assistant coach working with Phoenix Suns and the next year, he turned into the head coach. He was a compelling coach, known for putting emphasis and focus on three-point scores. It was while on this run that he earned the NBA Coach of the Year Award. In 2006, Mike D'Antoni was a part of the coaching staff for the USA Olympic Basketball crew and the 2006 FIBA World Championship which won a bronze medal.

In a November 2019 game, The Houston Rockets got beat down by the astonishing Miami Heat, who got a 129-100 triumph over the NBA title hopeful. Mike D'Antoni didn't beat around the bush, calling his group "soft" while contending they ought to have "appropriate fear" of their adversaries or end up getting extinguished.

Marriage, Wife and Kids

Laurel D'Antoni is the spouse of Houston Rockets Coach, Mike D'Antoni. Laurel, before her union with Mike, was a style model who was enrolled by the Ford Modeling office. For her career, she has moved between Manhattan, Tokyo, Italy, Germany, and Switzerland. In 1984, she met Mike D'Antoni and they started going out to watch games together. By 1986, the pair got married and are guardians of a single kid, a son, Michael Alexander.

Last Modified: Aug 4, 2020


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