Is Kyrie Irving Planning to Leave the Celtics?
The Boston Celtics are worried that Kyrie Irving will leave instead of resign with them. Should the Celtics be worried?
The entire league saw this coming and I'm sure so did every fan. Carmelo was going to chase his ring and join up with the only team that could at least attempt to challenge the Warriors. I don't see any out come that isn't a disaster with this signing.
Rockets head coach Mike D'antoni and Carmelo Anthony already have a, well, rocky past together. The duo spent a few years in the Big Apple and that was when Carmelo was still considered an elite offensive threat. Fast forward to now and Carmelo Anthony is in the late twilight of his career while statically getting worse, add to a coach who also went as far as quitting because he couldn't trade Melo and you have a disaster waiting to happen.
Let's also not forget another glaring elephant in the room, Melo's refusal to take a bench role on any team. While the Rockets did lose Trevor Ariza this off season, it makes no sense to thrust Anthony into his starting role. Houston needs to have a 3 and D wings such as PJ Tucker or even James Ennis play along side Chris Paul and Harden; Carmelo could fit the 3 role but he cannot play respectable defense to save his life. The Rockets cannot afford to start every game with a glaring defensive hole in Carmelo Anthony, a hole so big that Melo was pretty much unplayable during the Jazz - OKC match up last post season.
In theory you could just say Houston will do head coach Mike D'antoni's favorite thing, out score the opponent. Sadly even the offensive fit for Carmelo on this Rockets team is awkward.
Chris Paul and James Harden are easily the most ball dominant guards in the league and both are already on the same team with only one basketball to share. Now you need to throw in Carmelo who still thinks he can run straight iso's from the mid range and post, you're in for a disaster waiting to happen. Anthony could just be a spot up shooter, but he failed miserably at that in OKC.
Mike D'antoni will somehow have to find minutes for a stubborn defensive black hole on a team with two very ball dominant guards in a conference where one misstep means certain doom. The Houston Rockets were a CP3 injury away from being serious title contenders, but now before they even think of figuring out a trip to the Finals they have a bigger issue to decipher. Is Houston really better with or without Melo?