HOUSTON – Melo Mania was short-lived in Houston.
So, it’s no wonder that Trail Blazers veteran Carmelo Anthony isn’t gushing over the Rockets organization like we’ve heard him talk about the Nuggets, the Knicks, and even the Thunder despite only spending one season with Oklahoma City.
But, it’s also the last team that Anthony played for last before signing with Portland following his one-year hiatus.
Melo and the Blazers are coming off a road trip where the 35-year-old faced the New York Knicks, making his return to Madison Square Garden – a place where he had spent seven years of his career.
Melo beamed while talking about how it felt to play at MSG once again.
Being back on that court it’s special. – Carmelo Anthony said after the Knicks game on January 1st
And, as the 17-year veteran continues to make his away to more NBA cities, it sounds like spending less than two weeks with the Houston Rockets has Melo feeling a certain kind of way.
Actually, it has him feeling absolutely no kind of way.
I honestly don't have any feelings about going back. I was only there a couple weeks. I don't really have any type of feelings going back. – Melo said after Monday’s win over Charlotte
Anthony played in just 10 games before Houston parted way with the 10-time All-Star. Melo had signed a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason after he was traded in July from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks before the Hawks released him.
And, if you don’t remember – the start of last season for the Rockets was a bit of a dumpster fire to say the least. Houston lost five of their first six games and it looked like head coach Mike D’Antoni might be in the hot seat.
Houston had thought over the summer that Melo could be their missing piece.
Yet, they cast him off as quickly as he got there, became the scapegoat of the Rockets slow start, was never given a real shot and was smeared along the way.
While with the Blazers, Melo has talked about how he doesn’t feel like he really even played for the Rockets.
In eight of Anthony’s 10 appearances for Houston, he came off the bench despite starting every single one of the games he played through his first 15 seasons.
During his short time in Houston, Anthony averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game.
The future Hall of Famer will be playing in his 27th game as a Trail Blazer when Portland and Houston tip-off Wednesday night.
Anthony may not have any feelings on being back at Toyota Center, but the fans in H-Town probably still will. After all, Melo has been well received at every NBA arena thus far on his return to the court tour.
That might change Wednesday night when the Blazers face the Rockets.