Carmelo Anthony not in Rockets' starting lineup on Wednesday

Rex Christensen
October 19, 2018

Anthony and shooting guard Eric Gordon will likely be the first two players to come off Mike D'Antoni's bench.

"I know what I still can do and what I still have", Anthony said.

With the win, the Pelicans won their first season opener since the 2014-15 season when they defeated the Orlando Magic, 101-84.

When Carmelo Anthony left the New York Knicks to become a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder a year ago he made it clear that he didn't plan on coming off the bench. He still doesn't want to talk about the possibility of a reserve role in Houston, but he seems to have made peace with playing with the second team if it means he might finally get a ring in his 16th season. He said he'd do anything for the team. Anthony also scored fewer than 10 points in 11 of his 78 appearances last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Once a renowned offensive force, the 34-year-old has seen his All-Star aura diminish over the past two seasons.

"But knowing that ahead of time and having those conversations and going game to game and understanding, 'OK, we might need you to do this tonight". The stars on this team are better off the ball than Russell Westbrook, so that should help at least a little bit.

The New Orleans Pelicans have the makings of a playoff team, but the western conference is going to be even tougher to navigate this season.

James Harden led the National Basketball Association in usage last season per, at 40.4 percent. But he's eager to see him try. "That's a hunger that comes from within and no coach could give him that". But the biggest thing for me is just communicate that with me.

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The Rockets were seventh in defensive efficiency at 105.6 last season. Payton isn't the best shooter, so the Pelicans will need great outside shooting all season from Moore, Mirotic, Randle, and Jrue Holiday. "We'll be all right".

"He has to", Paul said.

"I'm serious", he said.

Nikola Mirotic delivered 30 points and 10 rebounds in the blowout as the Pelicans led by as many as 29 points at one stage.

NO. Harden averaged 10.1 free throw attempts per game last season, there there is no reason to believe he will average significantly more than that this season. They have the potential to be a lot better than they were at the end of last season. He had a career-best 2.3 assists per game past year, and his season-high was seven dimes back in November 2017. I know what I can bring, and I know what I still can do and what I still have.

Paul was looking forward to increased chemistry not only with Harden, but the rest of the team, too. "It's something new. For the most part, I think we will all enjoy it". "And we sort of have some of that now".

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