Carmelo Anthony to the Rockets. Which isn’t really here or there, except that about two weeks after 'Melo’s official signing, the Rocket’s defensive-minded assistant coach, Jeff Bzedlik, announced his retirement. Bzedlik coached 'Melo in Denver for his first year and a half, before 'Melo assisted (allegedly) in getting Bzedlik canned. IIRC, Bzedlik also coached Anthony in New York while D’Antoni was the head coach. And both of them got canned there too.
I think Bzedlik tried to reach out and coach up Carmelo in this work-up to the official start of the NBA pre-season, and after trying decided to say, “Fuck It,” to the idea of getting Anthony to buy into playing defense. Guess the third time was not the charm.
Which doesn’t bode well for the Rockets this upcoming season. To recap, they lost two decent defenders in Luc Mbah a Moute’ and Trevor Ariza, and replaced them with Carmelo Anthony, James Ennis, and a head case in Marquese Chriss. Though I think P.J. Tucker is going to get a lot of minutes playing next to Capela, which leaves 'Melo to play the 3, I guess.
Oh well, I guess they can still try to trade for Jimmy Butler (LOL) or the gigantic contract of Otto Porter, Jr. Though I drool at the idea of Porter shooting threes in this offense.