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Rockets defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik retiring before start of season

Rockets defensive guru Jeff Bzdelik retiring before start of season

On the cusp of the opening of training camp, Houston Rockets associate head coach Jeff Bzdelik — architect of the franchise’s No. 6-ranked defense — is retiring, league sources told ESPN.cheap customized nfl jerseys

Bzdelik, 65, informed coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey of his decision on Sunday. Bzdelik has been considering retirement throughout the summer, and there are no health issues that dictated the decision, sources said.1

Bzdelik’s defense evolved into one of the NBA’s best units last season, moving up significantly statistically in the consecutive seasons that he oversaw it. Rockets assistant Roy Rogers is expected to assume a bulk of the defensive responsibilities, but he’ll have help on staff.

Houston had the NBA’s best regular-season record and reached a Game 7 before losing to Golden State in the Western Conference finals last season.nike nfl jerseys cheap paypal

Bzdelik started in the NBA 30 years ago as a scout, eventually working for Pat Riley with the New York Knicks and becoming head coach of the Denver Nuggets from 2002 to 2004. He was a college head coach with Air Force, Colorado and Wake Forest.