Gerald Green says Rockets will accept Carmelo Anthony ‘with open arms’
Although he’s not officially a member of the Houston Rockets yet, swingman Gerald Green believes that the city of Houston is ready to welcome Carmelo Anthony “with open arms.”
Green, a native of Houston, recently spoke with Mark Berman of FOX 26 about Anthony’s expected arrival.
“He’s a basketball player,” Green said of Anthony. “He’s a basketball player that’s proven. I think, in all of the destinations he’s been to over the years, he’s been kind of… not unwanted, but trying to go somewhere that people accept him.
“I think the Rockets are going to accept him with open arms,” Green added. “If they accepted me — and I haven’t done shh… anything — believe me, we’re gonna accept Melo. I’m glad that he’s here. I think he’s gonna fit just fine.”
Gerald Green on @carmeloanthony: "I think the #Rockets are going to accept him with open arms like they accepted me. If they accepted me and I ain't did nothing, believe me we're gonna accept Melo..Houston's going to embrace him." pic.twitter.com/OVb6eIyFsa
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) August 8, 2018
According to a report from Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, Melo, now 34 years of age, has verbally committed to joining the Rockets.
Carmelo Anthony has verbally agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 7, 2018
In 78 appearances with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season, Anthony racked up averages of 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting from the field (35.7 percent from beyond the arc), 5.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 32.1 minutes per outing.
What this new chapter means for Anthony’s career remains to be seen. Though he’s a 10-time All-Star, it seems like he simply wasn’t always happy with other teams. Perhaps a move to Houston will be just what the doctor ordered.