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Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni? Back together again? And happy about it?
All of that seems like it could be true, and soon, as the official parting of Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder appears to be a foregone conclusion.
Once the dust settles, and Anthony becomes available, D’Antoni and the Houston Rockets are expected to be in the lead to land the small forward.
Yes, that D’Antoni. The one for whom Anthony played during their time together with the New York Knicks. Back then, the men didn’t seem to enjoy being part of the same program — to put it gently.
But today, that appears to have all changed.
According to Yahoo Sports, Anthony “does not hold any grudges” against D’Antoni and is actually “excited” about the possibility of playing for his former coach.
The positive vibes from D’Antoni and the Rockets are mutual, the report added.
Now, how the ball-dominant and rapidly aging Anthony will fit next to good friend Chris Paul and league MVP James Harden remains to be seen. Anthony didn’t exactly fare great next to Russell Westbrook and Paul George in OKC, and the Rockets are a similar situation.
Anthony averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game during his lone season with the Thunder, shooting just 40.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent on 3-pointers.
But at least Anthony will apparently be on the same page with his coach, or so they say, once training camp arrives. When it comes to his relationship with D’Antoni, that should count for something.