Report: Mike D’Antoni ‘Would Be Fine’ with Carmelo Anthony Joining Rockets

The Houston Rockets are reportedly one of the teams in the running for veteran forward Carmelo Anthony, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, despite the issues Anthony and head coach Mike D’Antoni had when paired together with the New York Knicks.

Per that report, D’Antoni is willing to give it another try with Anthony:

“For Houston, Anthony would likely come off the bench as a scoring power forward. Ironically, that’s exactly what Rockets Coach Mike D’Antoni wanted him to do when the two clashed while together with the New York Knicks.discount authentic nfl jerseys  D’Antoni’s presence was expected to be a roadblock to Anthony’s arrival, but multiple sources said D’Antoni would be fine with Anthony coming to Houston.” discount nike nfl jerseys

Bontemps added that the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat will join the Rockets in pursuit of Anthony. He noted that, “The guess here, after speaking to people this weekend, is that the decision is between Houston or Los Angeles.”

Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported that Rockets point guard Chris Paul is pushing for the organization to add Anthony, while The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor said he was hearing the Philadelphia 76ers may also be in the fray.

Regardless, Anthony’s stay in Oklahoma City is over, with Adrian Wojnarowski and Royce Young of ESPN.com reporting last week that “Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose of CAA Sports, has a strong relationship and history with Thunder general manager Sam Presti, and they’ll work together on Anthony’s exit through a trade, the NBA’s stretch provision or a combined buyout and stretch, league sources said.”discount nfl gear

It’s hard to imagine any team seeking to trade for Anthony and his $27.9 million cap hit without getting assets and some salary relief in return. Any interested suitors can simply wait for Anthony to hit free agency.

And the 34-year-old Anthony can still get buckets. Even in a diminished role with the Thunder last season, where he shifted into a stretch-4 role he hasn’t played throughout his career, he averaged 16.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. cheap nfl jerseys discount

While Anthony’s iso ball may not seem like the ideal fit in D’Antoni’s system—which generally relegates Houston’s role players to the corners while Paul or James Harden operate either in isolation or the pick-and-roll—it’s possible that he could play a solid role off the bench. While Anthony would have to be willing to sacrifice some of his touches in Houston, the Rockets could also run isolation for Anthony when Harden and Paul are getting a breather. discount nfl jerseys nike

Cincinnati Bengals

Key assistants: Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin, offensive line coach Frank Pollack

Lewis is a respected defensive mind whose defenses have almost always been strong in Cincinnati, and he deserves credit for getting to the playoffs in seven of his 15 seasons as the Bengals’ head coach. However, he’s failed to win a playoff game in a decade-and-a-half there, and he’s won just 13 total games the last two seasons with a talented team. nike jersey nfl cheap

Among six head coaches who have been in their current roles at least 10 years, Lewis is the only one without a Super Bowl victory, let alone a playoff win.

At Head Coach Ranking, only Jackson ranked lower in terms of clock management, while only Jackson, Chuck Pagano and Steve Spagnuolo ranked lower when it came to in-game adjustments.

Lazor’s offense performed terribly last season and didn’t fare much better when he held the same title in Miami. There are high expectations for Austin, but he didn’t exactly put together championship defenses in Detroit. cheap youth nfl jerseys

They do get a little credit for recently stealing the well-reputed Pollack from the Cowboys, but that doesn’t make this a good staff.

Head coach: Adam Gase (16-16)youth nfl jerseys cheap

Key assistants: Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, defensive coordinator Matt Burke

Gase’s offenses performed exceptionally well in Denver, but that was with Peyton Manning under center.
And the Bears ranked in the bottom dozen in terms of scoring and yardage during his only season there. He does deserve some love for getting a strong run out of quarterback Ryan Tannehill before injuries cost the veteran the end of his 2016 campaign and all of 2017, but the Miami offense still ranked poorly both seasons.youth nfl jerseys

In terms of game-planning, only Joseph fared worse at Head Coach Ranking.

The 37-year-old Loggains might be considered a bit of an up-and-comer, but he didn’t deliver in two seasons as Chicago’s offensive coordinator, and the jury is still out on Burke after his first season running things on the other side of the ball.

There’s at least room for this staff to grow, but it’s hard to get too fired up about any of the primary coaches in Miami.

Head coach: Jon Gruden (95-81)

Key assistants: Offensive coordinator Greg Olson, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, offensive line coach Tom Cable

This is a tricky one because Gruden has been out of football so long. He still deserves some credit for winning a Super Bowl 16 years ago, but let’s keep in mind that he went 45-51 while failing to win another playoff game during the six seasons that followed that championship campaign.

Has the game passed him by? It’s a fair question to ask, especially considering some of the odd moves he’s made this offseason.

Olson is a retread who hasn’t run a high-ranking offense since he was in St. Louis in 2006, and Cable didn’t do much to fix the Seahawks’ offensive line, but at least Guenther joins the fray with a strong resume from his time in Cincinnati.

There’s a lot of hype surrounding this staff, but it might be tremendously overrated.