Rockets Media Day gave us fans the chance to give us an inside look into what we can expect out of the team this year. Many new faces came with much anticipation, but fewer came with the anticipation and excitement than Carmelo Anthony, the once-upon-a-time superstar looking to join forces with the team that won 65 games a season ago.
Melo was a great interview in his mini press conference. He donned a hoodie, which had me excited. Hoodie Melo has landed in Houston. And he gave the answers that Rockets fans wanted to hear. From what Melo said, he seems like an excellent teammate and someone the Rockets are very fortunate to have on the roster this season.
When asked about his role on the team, Melo gave a very good “basketball” answer:
Carmelo Anthony says the speculation of his role is “just basketball”. Adds the Rockets and him already know what they expect of him and what he will come in and do. pic.twitter.com/bm0GbthoTO— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) September 24, 2018
When asked about the prospects of coming off the bench, he gave a very team-oriented answer:
Carmelo says he saw all the memes of his comments last year about him coming off the bench, but if it comes to him doing so, they’ll have that conversations pic.twitter.com/B6ipQgP52T— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) September 24, 2018
Any rumors of him and Mike D’Antoni feuding were squashed with this answer:
Carmelo Anthony says the timing wasn’t right for the system MDA wanted to run during their Knicks stint, but he’s glad they’re both older and mature and put that behind them. It’s a second chance for the both of them. pic.twitter.com/2ITJeOteIg— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) September 24, 2018
Obviously, actions speak louder than words. The actions may not necessarily reflect these words when the season starts, but the words do help add optimism for this team. However, the version of Melo that was presented today during Media Day definitely has me excited for the season and has me looking forward to what he can bring to the table for the upcoming year.