Heat’s Dwyane Wade says Rockets shouldn’t blame Carmelo Anthony on struggles

Tanya Simon
November 12, 2018

Anthony sat out Saturday's contest in San Antonio, after going 1-for-11 from the field and scoring just two points in 20 minutes against his former team in Oklahoma City on Thursday.

When asked about Anthony's status moving forward, D'Antoni defended his player and insisted nothing will change.

After opening the season coming off the bench for the first time in his National Basketball Association career, Anthony hasn't exactly been an impact player on offense for the Rockets. The Rockets have denied they plan to waive the 10-time All-Star, who is sitting out Sunday's game against the Pacers with an illness. As Wojnarowski notes, the Rockets would be on the hook for Anthony's $2.4 million for this season if they chose to waive him. But from guy one to guy 15 - and I'll put myself in there; a lot of this is on me right now - we're not playing well. As Coach [Mike D'Antoni] said yesterday, his approach has been great.

Good friend Dwyane Wade took to Twitter to speak out in support of Anthony later Sunday.

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Anthony, 34, signed a one-year veteran's minimum deal worth $2.4 million with Houston in August after being traded from the Thunder to the Hawks. So much so, after only a few weeks into the season, the Rockets are already contemplating if they can even go forward with him.

However, Anthony and the Rockets are off to a rough start.

"We've been extremely happy with his approach", Morey said. "Yeah, that's. I'm sure you can address that with Daryl. I'm trying to win a game", D'Antoni said.

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