- Short Bio
- Who is Mike D’Antoni?
- Birth and Early Days
- Career Stats
- Personal Life and Wife
- Net Worth and Salary
- Body Measurement
- Wiki Facts
Name: Mike D’Antoni
Full Name: Michael Andrew D'Antoni
Birthday: May 8, 1951
Birth Place: Mullens, WV
Marital Status: Married
Parents: Lewis and Betty Jo D’Antoni
Height: 5 feet 11 inches
Profession: Basketball Coach
Who is Mike D’Antoni?
Mike D' Antoni is an American Italian professional basketball coach and former player who is the head coach of the Houston Rockets of National Basketball Association (NBA). He was coach of New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. D'Antoni was also the coach of the Year in 2005 and 2017.
Birth and Early Days
Mike D'Antoni was born May 8, 1951, in Mullens, West Virginia. He attended high school in the locality itself there at Mullens High School and then went to Marshall University, Huntington for a further college education. Mike got his interest in basketball from his high school itself, where he was a keen player thereby. His early career further continued with Thundering Herd from 1970 to 1973 thereby.
He was raised by his mother who was an assistant country clerk. It was in the year 2017, he lost his father through expected death. He was raised with his older brother Joseph 'Dan' D'Antoni who was a basketball player.
Mike was drafted into NBA in 1973 from when he went on to play professionally for both the teams in NBA and American Basketball Association (ABA). He also played for Olimpia Milano Italian team where he was top scorer for the club and from where he helped the club to win five Italian League titles. By the end of his playing career, D'Antoni was shortlisted to play on senior men's Italian national team for the Eurobasket tournament in Yugoslavia in 1989. Mike then began his coaching career from 1990 with Olimpia Milano, where he spent four seasons. He then moved towards the next Italian team, Benetton Treviso. Mike's first NBA coaching job was in 1997 with Denver Nuggets. He turned out to be an assistant coach for Phoenix Suns and then was a head coach in 2003. He was an influential coach. He also got the opportunity to coach the USA Olympic Basketball Team and FIBA World Championship through which he brought a bronze medal home. Gaining massive experience, he is now the head coach of NBA's Houston Rocket.
Personal Life and Wife
Mike is married and he has a wife. Laurel D'Antoni (nee Liebel) is the wife of Mike. Laurel was a fashion model hired by Ford Modelling agency. She shuttled between Manhattan, Tokyo, Italy, Switzerland, and Germany. It was in 1984 the couple met and started dating each other. They started going out to watch games together. It was two years later in 1986, the pair got married and they are blessed with an only child. In 1990, Mike's wife retired from modeling to take up a sports segment on Italian TV where she soon stopped and started living a life of wife and mother.
Net Worth and Salary
Through his year's long experience working for Italian along with the American Basketball team, he has gathered huge sum, which is accumulated as a net worth of USD 17 million. He earns somewhere between USD 100K to USD 1 million on annual basis from his coaching experience itself.
There is not much detail about the exact body figure of Mike's body. He wears the dress of size 4 (US) and shoe of size 8 (US). He has brown hair color and gray eye color. Mike has a normal height of 5 feet 11 inches. There are not any sort of details available about his body weight though.
Mike D' Antoni has co-authored a couple of books Playmaker with Dan Peterson and Vivendo Giacando with Tullio Lauro. He has dual citizenship - American and Italian and hence can speak Italian and English fluently. His brother often worked with him as an assistant coach beside him. Mike has Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Account.