Anthony Davis challenging Michael Jordan as best opening-game player on record

Carmelo Anthony: Rockets bench role challenging mentally

Anthony Davis challenging Michael Jordan as best opening-game player on record

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said last night that he appreciates the sacrifice Anthony is making on behalf of the Rockets.

"It's challenging mentally more so than anything, having to prepare for the game differently", said Anthony.

Fans watch the action in the first half of the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center on November 14, 2014 in Houston, Texas. These are all important questions that need answers going into the season. But he is expected to come off the bench when the team opens the regular season Wednesday against the Pelicans.

Elsewhere, Kawhi Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his Toronto debut as the Raptors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-104 in the season opener for both teams. That is a far cry from his prior dismissive mindset about the status change.

According to Jim Eichenhofer of the team's official website, the Pelicans will not use a clear-cut starting lineup every night. We can probably expect at least a modest dip after Luc Mbah a Moute and Trevor Ariza left via free agency. This was Game 5 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals that saw the Golden State Warriors put an end to the New Orleans Pelicans season, thus sending the Pels into an off-season of uncertainty. He hit just 40.2 percent of his shots and averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game during his lone season with Oklahoma City in 2017-18. As a result, the union of he, Paul George and Russell Westbrook delivered underwhelming play that resulted in a first-round exit courtesy of the youthful Utah Jazz.

Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, was traded from the Thunder to Atlanta in exchange for guard Dennis Schroder in late July. He assisted on 44.9 percent of his teammates' made shots.

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Harden, Paul, and Gordon were the Rockets primary ball handlers last season. "At this point that's all that really matters", he said.

"So I think we're in a good place to try to maximize everybody's talents to try to win", D'Antoni said.

The strong relationship between Anthony and Paul will be a key factor in how close the Rockets come to achieving those aspirations.

Does anybody else believe the superstition that Carmelo Anthony brings bad news to the team he is playing for?

Right now, the whole situation in Houston seems perfectly suited for Anthony.

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