Free agent Carmelo Anthony plans to sign his one-year, $2.4M deal with the Houston Rockets today, league sources tell ESPN. He traveled to Houston and he’s completing his physical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 13, 2018
Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni have reunited after their awful breakup in New York when D’Antoni essentially quit and blamed Carmelo for everything. D’Antoni was known for his uptempo offense led by Steve Nash out in Phoenix running the ball up the court and scoring in 7 seconds or less.
D’Antoni attempted to bring that style of play to New York and Carmelo was like ‘nah’.
Melo’s playing style is the polar opposite as he likes to catch the ball at the extended elbow of the court and hold the ball in a triple threat position while he stares his defender in the face as he figures out which strip club he’s going to hit up when the game is over before chucking up an awful low-percentage contested jump shot when the 24-second shot clock goes off.
Needless to say, these two men clashed.
D’Antoni wanted Jeremy Lin to run the offense as he was the only player on the team that a person who has never seen the game of basketball before could stumble upon and say ‘wow, he’s quick’. The rest of the roster, not so much. It’s 7 years later and Amare Stoudemire is still jogging back on defense.
Sooo now Carmelo returns to the feet of D’Antoni, who just coached the Rockets to the best record in the Western Conference. The Rockets were up 3-2 against the Golden State Warriors before Chris Paul got hurt and the team missed every single 3-pointer in Game 7.
Carmelo, after being traded by the Thunder and waived by the Hawks, will most likely have to take a reduced role and will probably come off the bench next season as the Rockets will need scoring from their second unit and defensively, Melo is a statue.
Here’s what Carmelo had to say about coming off the bench:
“I know how to play this game of basketball. I’ve been playing it for a long time. When I feel like I’m ready to take that role [coming off the bench], then I’ll take that role. Only I know when it’s best for me to take that role.”
So how soon until Mike D’Antoni quits?
I’d say D’Antoni is already talking to the Houston front office about getting out of his contract. I imagine he walks into practice for the first day, sees Carmelo chucking up awful shots and then just gets in his car and never returns to the facility.
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