Carmelo Anthony is making his debut for the Houston Rockets tonight. The veteran NBA star is coming off the bench for the first time in his career, as the reigning Western Conference runner-ups host the New Orleans Pelicans.
“I know it’s tough,” D’Antoni said of Anthony coming off the bench. “I was in a lesser position. I was in Europe. I went to the bench my last year, 39-years-old. I didn’t like it. I thought it was a demotion. It really isn’t. I kind of learned that. It’s just the way the team works better this way.
“I know it’s tough for him. We appreciate what he’s doing for us trying to win a championship.”
It appears to be going well so far, though.
The Rockets are losing through one quarter against the Pelicans, but Anthony doesn’t appear to have any issues coming off the bench.
His first shot was a classic one, however. The Rockets, who avoid long 2-pointers like the plague, watched Anthony take one in his first shot of the regular season.
Melo's first shot as a Rocket: an iso, off-dribble jumper from just inside the 3-point line.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 18, 2018
Here’s the shot:
Melo with his first basket as a Houston Rocket and no surprise its a midrange bucket! pic.twitter.com/XFwTxIXVHk
— The Render (@TheRenderNBA) October 18, 2018
Carmelo made sure his second made shot of the game was a bit longer, thankfully.
Melo knocks down his first three with the Rockets.pic.twitter.com/k4FY47Wnky
— MyNBAUpdate (@MyNBAUpdate) October 18, 2018
The Rockets and the Pelicans are playing on ESPN. New Orleans led Houston, 29-21, after one quarter.