Mike D’Antoni had no issues coaching Carmelo Anthony again
The longtime saga between the Houston Rockets and their pursuit for former New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony came to a close after the Oklahoma City Thunder pulled a last-minute move to acquire his services prior to the start of training camp.
While many questioned the team’s chemistry with Melo on the team, especially after some rough ends from his time together with now-Rockets-coach Mike D’Antoni, the latter notes he would have had no issues coaching the perennial scorer a second time around.
“Oh yeah. We all get a little bit, hopefully, better at what we do,” D’Antoni said, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley. “And it’s a whole different situation and we know that James (Harden) and Chris (Paul) are good friends (of Carmelo’s) so it’s a whole different thing,”
“Actually after New York, we went to USA Basketball and we won a gold medal again so it’s not like it’s anything new.”
Anthony and D’Antoni often butted heads during their short stint together in the Big Apple. The 66-year-old acknowledged in an ESPN The Magazine feature that he quit in 2012 after Anthony gave the team an ultimatum to choose between him and D’Antoni.
Melo’s preferred destination this offseason was with the Rockets, remaining hellbent on ending up in Clutch City along with Jordan Brand mate Chris Paul and fellow All-Star James Harden, ultimately opening up his no-trade clause to a few select other teams as the start of training camp and Media Day approached.