Carmelo Anthony reveals why he felt like an ‘outcast’ with Rockets
In the 10 games he appeared in with the Rockets, Anthony averaged a career-low 13.4 points and shot only 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc.
On the latest episode of J.J. Redick’s podcast, “The Old Man & The Three,” Anthony talked about why he felt like an “outcast” with the Rockets right from the start.
“I get to Houston and when I get to Houston, now I really feel like an outcast. But because I got CP there, PJ (PJ Tucker) and James, we’re gonna work this out. I am the piece that that (Rockets) team needs,” Carmelo Anthony said.
“But that wasn’t their thinking. They wanted me to come in and be a spot-up, corner shooter. Run to the corner, spot-up and that’s it and it didn’t work at all. I used to tell them like look, ‘yo throw me a bone. Like on a switch, just throw it in there.’ I need that feel, I need that touch. You know, I’m a rhythm player.
“First of all, I can’t come off the bench and then shoot three 3s in a row. I just can’t do that (with the Rockets).”
The Rockets exiled Anthony after 10 games and wound up trading him to the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls then waived Anthony and the 10-time All-Star didn’t find any work for the rest of the 2018-19 season.
Fortunately for Anthony, the Portland Trail Blazers signed him in 2019-20 and the future Hall of Famer was able to prove that he still has a lot of game left in the tank, making the Rockets look even worse along the way.