Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta praises Carmelo Anthony after sides part ways
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta praised Carmelo Anthony after the organization announced it would be parting ways with the 10-time All-Star on Thursday.
“Carmelo has been a gentleman throughout this process,” said Fertitta, according to Mark Berman of Fox 26 News. “We’re trying to figure something out that works good for him and good for us. I think Carmelo has a lot of basketball left in him. I think he’ll do great at another team.”
The Rockets knew they were taking a risk by adding a veteran so different from their offensive philosophy, and it surely didn’t last long, as Melo only got 10 games under his belt before being given the boot by management. Houston will keep him while he remains away from the rest of the team, as both sides look for an opportune way to go their different paths.
The awkward thing about this divorce comes with Houston’s deliberate arrogance that Anthony would work seamlessly within the system, despite seeing a previous (and very similar) experiment fail with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Management thought his unwillingness to take on a bench role was the main impediment to his success, but his fit with this modern NBA offense has also proven to be a headache for coach Mike D’Antoni to figure out. Add in his well-known defensive woes and it predictably didn’t go as planned.
Melo will likely be in limbo until his representatives can find a team willing to take on his services, something that could take a few days or weeks before something can be finalized.
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