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Rockets’ Carmelo Anthony Looking to Have Fun This Season

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Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony will be entering his 16th season in the NBA and the Rockets are hoping that Anthony is the missing piece that helps push them over the top for an NBA Championship.

Anthony, who was brought in this offseason after reaching a buyout with the Atlanta Hawks who acquired him from the Oklahoma City Thunder, is looking to have fun this upcoming season as he joins a promising Rockets team.

“Just enjoy the game and play basketball … I’ve been doing it for a long time,” Anthony said, according to the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. “I still know how to do it. I’ve just got to make it fun. The game just has to be fun.”

Anthony will play once again for head coach Mike D’Antoni, who coached him when the two were together with the New York Knicks several years back.

“He’s a great basketball player, so we just try to make it optimal for him and us,” D’Antoni said. “It’s always a little bit of a challenge, but if you had asked me the same question (last year) about James and Chris I would have said the same thing: ‘Well, it looks good. I’m excited.’ So same thing with him.”

Golden State Warriors

Rockets’ James Harden Prefers to Play in a System Versus Hero Ball

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Houston Rockets superstar James Harden has been having a phenomenal season offensively, but many people aren’t a fan of his “hero ball” style of play to rack up the stats.

Golden State Warriors’ guard Steph Curry said that he spoke with Harden, and that Harden stated his preference to play in a system, rather than play “hero ball”.

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2019 | @stephencurry30 on conversation with @jharden13 “I talked to James in the back… obviously complemented him on what he’s done. First thing he says is, it’s fun, but I want to play different. Playing by myself or whatever , heroball — the people wanna play in a system where they actually can play beautiful basketball with guys that know how to play.”

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Rockets Interested in Markieff Morris

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The Houston Rockets are keeping an eye on one veteran free agent as they prepare for the stretch run following the All-Star break, according to The Athletic’s Kelly Iko.

That veteran free agent is Markieff Morris, who is currently out with a neck injury but is expected to be ready following the All-Star break, according to the Washington Post’s Candace Buckner.

Morris averaged 11.5 points per game for the Washington Wizards this season, and could provide a versatile forward to the Rockets offensive arsenal.

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Knicks’ Wesley Matthews Generating Interest from ‘Multiple Teams’

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New York Knicks veteran swingman Wesley Matthews may be on limited time with the Knicks as he is generating interest from a number of teams.

According to the New York Post’s Marc Berman, the Knicks have received
“multiple inquiries” about Matthews, with the Philadelphia 76ers expected to have interest as well.

Per the report, the Houston Rockets, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Golden State Warriors are hoping that the Knicks buyout Matthews so he can hit the free agency market.

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