Daryl Morey’s Job with Rockets Safe After Playoff Loss to Lakers, Says Fertitta

Tilman Fertitta, chairman and CEO of Landry's Inc., speaks during a meeting with restaurant industry executives about the coronavirus response, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, May 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Houston Rockets governor Tilman Fertitta has said it before, but it bears repeating: Daryl Morey’s job is safe.

It begins and ends with the general manager,” Fertitta said Tuesday in his weekly appearance on CNBC. “That’s why you have a basketball operations team. They’ll make a recommendation to me. I’m the sign-off guy. I wouldn’t know how to interview a basketball coach. … Daryl Morey’s job is safe. I’m sure he’s going to pick the right head coach.”

Mike D’Antoni told the Rockets he would not return to the organization Sunday, a day after the Rockets were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers. The veteran coach’s contract expired after failed negotiations last offseason.

Fertitta has maintained public and private support of Morey, who has been the Rockets’ general manager since 2007. Concerns over Morey’s job status date back to October, when his tweet of support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong led to an international incident with China that damaged the league’s relationship with its longtime partner.

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