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Carmelo Anthony Has Reportedly Made A Big Change Before Signing With Rockets

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After weeks of rumors, Carmelo Anthony is finally set to sign with the Houston Rockets. This evening, Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania reported that the long-anticipated move is almost done.

Carmelo is currently in Africa with the NBA contingent there. He will reportedly sign the deal when he arrives back in the United States.

The new team puts him alongside long-time friend Chris Paul, and reigning NBA MVP James Harden. He also joins the team coached by his former head coach with the New York Knicks, Mike D'Antoni.

That first team-up didn't go well. The Knicks acquired Anthony at mid-season in 2011, and the team didn't really improve much after bringing him in. D'Antoni was fired after a slow start to the 2012 season. He played better under D'Antoni's replacement, Mike Woodson.

During his prime, Carmelo was clearly not a fit for the up-tempo style that D'Antoni plays. While he may not want to admit it, he's a role player now, and according to his trainer Chris Brickley, he's now changed his preparation to better fit that system.

Amico Hoops' Ashish Mathur spoke to Brickley, who says he's made changes to Carmelo Anthony's training regimen to better suit the Rockets' scheme.

From the report:

Brickley says he’s added more running and 3-point drills to Anthony’s basketball regimen this summer so that Anthony will be ready to play in D’Antoni’s fast-paced offense.

“Right now, the emphasis is getting him in the best shape of his life,” Brickley told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson on Scoop B Radio. “Especially with the situation that he’s going to be in. We’re just trying to get him in situations where he can pick and pop and run the lane. I never want him to get tired.”

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Brickley also stated that Anthony, Chris Paul and James Harden had a training session together and “played unbelievable together.”

That's the right approach, if Carmelo wants to fit in better with the Rockets than he did with the Thunder. He has always been a ball-dominant, isolation scorer, but the team doesn't need another one of those, next to Paul and Harden.

[Amico Hoops]