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Mike D’Antoni says Rockets ‘tried to hit a home run’ with Carmelo Anthony

Mike D'Antoni, Carmelo Anthony, Rockets

The Houston Rockets are parting ways with Carmelo Anthony, and head coach Mike D’Antoni has weighed in on the decision:

The Rockets were hoping that adding the future Hall of Famer would help put them over the top after they fell just short of the NBA Finals last season. But as D’Antoni noted, instead of hitting a home run, they struck out after just a 10-game partnership as Melo didn’t fit in.

It has been an excellent career for Anthony, but he is in a fast decline and having trouble adapting to the modern NBA. In his 10 games with the Rockets, the 34-year-old averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and 0.5 assists in 29.4 minutes per game. He shot 40.5 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from 3. Those numbers aren’t impressive, and he struggled mightily on the defensive end as well.

The Rockets have recorded two straight impressive wins without Anthony, and now with some closure, they can move on and try to focus on the rest of the season. The Rockets play the Golden State Warriors Thursday night in Houston, a tough matchup to face just hours after this Melo news came down the line. The Warriors are still missing Stephen Curry, though, which is a break for Houston as it tries to make its way back up the Western Conference standings.