It’s no secret that Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni maintained a tumultuous relationship with Carmelo Anthony when both were a part of the New York Knicks. The two have been paired together once again in Houston, and the head coach envisions better results.
Anthony has officially joined the Rockets, making for an interesting Rockets’ offseason. The team lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute. Anthony has been the main addition through free agency. The team also re-signed Chris Paul and Clint Capela.
Anthony never found the expected success in New York, but he gets a fresh start with the Rockets and good friend Paul. If the former superstar can embrace a new role with the Rockets, it’s entirely possible that Anthony could emerge as a success story.
While Anthony will likely want to start, his optimal fit will be coming off the bench. With Paul and James Harden dominating the ball to start the game, Anthony would fit best as the main scorer coming off the bench when one of the guards goes to the bench. Anthony would receive more shots this way, and D’Antoni could then supplement his starting lineup with defenders.
D’Antoni has not elaborated on what Anthony’s role will ultimately be, but he tried to dispel many of the stories that the two didn’t get along in New York. He was a strong proponent of the signing, also citing their work together with Team USA.
"I think now, things have changed and everybody is playing the same way,” D’Antoni said. “I think it's a lot better fit and I think we have a really good chance to be really good. … I mean if you are committed to a certain style, and everybody is committed to the team, it works itself out."
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