Mike D’Antoni thinks Carmelo Anthony will fit ‘if everybody is committed’
Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni thinks his newest addition, Carmelo Anthony, can coexist with this group as long as every player commits to the same goal.
While stylistically, Melo has made a living through the mid-range game, D’Antoni feels his team will do well as long as his players don’t stray too far from the team’s philosophy.
“We’ve just got to make sure we don’t get too far away from taking threes and layups and foul shots,” D’Antoni told Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. “It’ll be a little bit of a learning process. But again, if everybody is committed, then I have no doubt it can work. Whether we can all get it to work? We’ll see.”
It’s still unknown if Anthony will come off the bench, as expected, or carve a role in the starting lineup, which he could do by competing for a spot in training camp.
D’Antoni noted he was open to both, but the decision had yet to be made.
“I don’t know, and that’s something that we’ll have to work out,” D’Antoni said of Anthony’s eventual role in Houston. “All I know is that we’ll try different combos – preseason, early season, and the good thing is that with analytics and with gut feelings and coaches and players, we’ll figure out what is the best way to play.”
Anthony has started in each of his 1,054 games in the league, the longest-standing active streak in the NBA.
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