The Rockets officially signed Carmelo Anthony today.
Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni didn’t quite confirm that, but he revealed Anthony’s willingness.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Mark Berman of Fox 26:
That won’t be the case in Houston. D’Antoni coached most of the rotation-level Rockets last season. He also coached Anthony with the Knicks. Nearly all the relevant players are veterans with established styles and abilities.
D’Antoni can experiment with different lineup combinations in training camp. But, at this point, how much more can D’Antoni really learn before the season?
Anthony’s shot creation helps more when he’s not sharing the court with Chris Paul and James Harden, two superior playmakers. Houston should bring Anthony off the bench to limit his time with those star guards and hide his defensive shortcomings.
That appears to be where D’Antoni is headed – even if he won’t say so yet.