There is no one more uniquely qualified to be the new head coach of the Houston Rockets’ D-League affiliate than Matt Brase.
Brase is a former assistant coach with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and was the Rockets’ Director of Player Development for the past two seasons, working closely with every player. Brase was announced as the new head coach of the Vipers this week.
In our conversation, Brase, the grandson of Arizona legend Lute Olson, talks about his basketball background and philosophy, his plans for the Vipers and how he balances Rocket player development with NBADL success. We also talk about what he saw from some of the young guys at Summer League and cover the current Rockets as well — from Donatas Motiejunas and Terrence Jones to Ty Lawson and James Harden.