Mike D’Antoni says Carmelo Anthony open to coming off the bench, but Rockets coach undecided
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:
D'Antoni said he does not know whether he will start @carmeloanthony or bring him off the bench, but that was discussed in the first meeting and Anthony was open to either role. Said @JamesDa_Truth has been overlooked and that he is excited about having him in the mix, too.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) August 13, 2018
Mark Berman of Fox 26:
Mike D'Antoni on @carmeloanthony: "We talked about everything. How we would handle this or do that.All he wants to do is win.He wants to come in here & contribute,even said he wanted to be the glue guy.We got to figure out what's the best way to play him & get the max out of him" pic.twitter.com/SG7M5bWIgl— Mark Berman (@MarkBerman_) August 13, 2018
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.