Ahead of their first preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni remained fully confident that OKC's new addition, Carmelo Anthony, would do just fine in this new environment, adjusting to the talent surrounding him in two other All-Stars in Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
“Are you kidding me?” D'Antoni, who coached Anthony in New York, told Brett Dawson of The Oklahoman. “He’s one of the better players in the game. He’ll be good.”
The two infamously butted heads during their time with the Knicks, with D'Antoni reportedly upset with Anthony's iso-heavy game throughout the season.
Now Anthony has the best supporting cast of his entire 14-year career, playing alongside two other elite-caliber players. The question remains on how he'll do being a full-time power forward and how he can adjust to playing alongside such great talent, divvy up shots and share in occasions where he has the ball in his hands.
The 32-year-old has been a decent passer, but hasn't had a support cast that can knock shots down or make plays to credit him with the assist for the play.
Ultimately his former coach knows just what he's capable of, and he's bound to get a glimpse of it again during tonight's matchup.