D'Antoni's Take on Rockets Adding CP3: ‘As You Chase Golden State…'

A couple of weeks ago, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said he had something up his sleeve.

On Wednesday morning, his plan was unveiled when Houston landed Chris Paul in a trade with the Clippers.

On Wednesday night, Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni spoke with USA Today Sports' Sam Amick about the move.

"As you chase Golden State, you have to keep getting better and you have to keep adding pieces that are phenomenal," D'Antoni explained. "And I just think we did that today."

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"We're chasing maybe one of the best teams ever in the history of basketball ... you just can't stay stagnant ... so we're all in."

James Harden and CP3 are now on the same team, and their head coach -- Mike D'Antoni -- is a point guard whisperer.

"I do know that I've always thought the more point guards you have on the court, the better," D'Antoni said. "And we've got probably two of the best, if not the best, in the league."

Harden finished runner-up for MVP in 2015, and then had a "down year" (compared to the year before) in 2015-16.

But with the arrival of D'Antoni, Harden turned in the best season of his career and was the MVP runner-up again.

"James has always been all in. That's what makes it nice," D'Antoni said. "That means sharing more of the spotlight, or sharing the ball, or sharing whatever, he's more than willing to do that. And he's always a willing passer, and a willing playmaker.

"That's why I thought the playmaking thing would work and that's why I think this will work, because he's willing to do whatever it takes to win. And in any system, whether he's off the ball or on the ball or whatever, he's going to be phenomenal."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

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