Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
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Carmelo: 'It's challenging mentally' moving to bench role

Carmelo: 'It's challenging mentally' moving to bench role

The 34-year-old forward, who has started every game of his National Basketball Association career, agreed to a deal with Houston in mid-August after he received a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks. He was unwilling to yield his starting job with the Thunder, but he's cooled his stance on that since joining his buddy Chris Paul and the Rockets.

Anthony Davis scored 32 points and Elfrid Payton finished with a triple double as the New Orleans Pelicans got their National Basketball Association season off to a roaring start by clobbering the Houston Rockets 131-112 on Thursday (Oct 18). 1054 regular season games played, 1054 regular season games started. "We might need you to do that tonight", I have a clearer understanding of what my role is. When questioned about the topic at Rockets media day he responded, "At the end of the day, we're all going to camp to figure out what works in order for this team to try to win a championship". Those numbers are not almost high enough to justify saying Yes, even if I think Houston takes a slightly higher percentage of twos with Mbah a Moute and Ariza gone.

Nichols: Do you feel like if they ask you to come off the bench on a certain night, or if they don't want to close a game with you on a certain night, you can live with that? "Every night will be different, but for the most part, it is a challenge, but it's something that I'll get used to quick". The scoring ability Anthony possesses will make him quite the weapon if he does embrace a sixth man role. "He is already, but he just loves to shoot and practice and develop new things".

"It's challenging mentally more so than anything, having to prepare for the game differently", said Anthony.


"It (the long stretches that come with playing starter minutes off the bench) is a physical adjustment, but I think I'm in pretty decent shape to be able to handle that".

"Throughout the playoffs we started clicking more, finding little plays that teams that have been together a while already had that synergy", Paul said.

League Most Valuable Player James Harden flirted with a triple double, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Rockets failed to match New Orleans' season-opening intensity, especially on defense.

By contrast, the Rockets rebound leader was guard James Harden with nine.

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