After a summer of speculations and resentment with the Thunder, future Hall-of-Famer Carmelo Anthony is set to come off the bench for the Houston Rockets.
In life, accepting change can be hard, even if it is for the best.
The Houston Rockets will open their 2018-19 NBA season against the New Orleans Pelicans Wednesday night in the Toyota Center. The game will mark the official debut for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
Anthony, who signed with the Rockets following a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks, will come off the bench in the Rockets season opener. According to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen, Anthony said the role of coming off the bench is more so a mental adjustment than a physical adjustment.
“It’s an adjustment, more so a mental adjustment than a physical adjustment,” Anthony said. “That would be the most … challenging part, shifting your mindset, shifting the way you approach the beginning of the game. The approach to the game is pretty much the same, but you’re three, four minutes behind now. It (the long stretches that come with playing starter minutes off the bench) is a physical adjustment, but I think I’m in pretty decent shape to be able to handle that. It’s something we’ve been working towards in this off-season and this pre-season, playing that way. It is adjustment for me mentally. For everybody it’s an adjustment. It’s something new. For the most part, I think we will all enjoy it.”
Over the course of 1,054 career game played, Anthony has never begun a game coming off the bench. However, on a team that came a game away from making the NBA Finals, perhaps this move will finally help the Rockets take down their arch-nemesis Golden State Warriors.
Although he has accepted a bench role in Houston, do not expect Anthony to have a down year with the Rockets. In four preseason games, the future Hall-of-Famer averaged 13 points and 4 rebounds per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 50 percent from deep.
Last season as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game and shot only 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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