Carmelo Anthony appears to be more willing to come off the bench with the Houston Rockets this season but admits he hasn’t “had that conversation with anybody yet”.
The veteran shot down the idea of being a reserve with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year but had a change of tune during media day with the Rockets on Monday.
The 10-time All-Star has never come off the bench in his 15-year NBA career but it could be a possibility on this Houston team.
Putting the team first
Anthony has always been reluctant to do so but now says he’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win a championship.
“At the end of the day, we’re all going to camp to figure out what works in order for this team to try to win a championship,” Anthony said, per ESPN’s Tim MacMahon.
“If that time comes, we’ll have that conversation. My goal is to go into training camp, be the best player I can be, be in the best shape I can be and do what I have to do to help this team get over the hump and win a championship. That’s all it is.
“All the questions of coming off the bench, I don’t want to answer those questions at the end of the day. Whatever I have to do to help this team win a championship, that’s what’s going to be done.”
Melo signed a one-year deal with the Texas-based outfit this summer and could easily slot into the starting small forward position after the departure of Trevor Ariza.
But Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni was also unwilling to give anything away regarding his plans for the 34-year-old.
“We’ll see how it fits,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know how they play together, they fit together. We have a great analytics team that will help [in addition to] gut feel.
“We do a lot of it scientifically, that this is the best way to go.”
Anthony and D’Antoni will be reuniting in Houston after the pair had a frosty relationship during their time with the New York Knicks which led to the former being fired.
But Carmelo says they’re on better terms now and is happy that they were able to put their difference aside to work together again.
“When Mike was trying to run his system in New York, the timing wasn’t right,” Anthony said.
“We both acknowledge that. I’m glad he was able to understand that. This is our second chance to rewrite our story.”
The Rockets will now embark on a training camp in Louisiana before starting the season at home to the New Orleans Pelicans on October 17.
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