There’s been plenty of scepticism in the air following Carmelo Anthony’s move to the Rockets.
That scepticism – partially fulled by myself – has surround Melo’s defensive inefficiencies, diminished offensive game and horrendous recent form.
But there’s at least one man outside of Rockets general manager Daryl Morey who believes the great Melo experiment can work, and his name is James Harden.
“He still has a lot more to go,” Harden said on Thursday, per the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News.
“If he comes to the Rockets, we will bring the best out of him, and I am sure he will bring the best out of us as well.
“We all know how easy he can score the basketball…that’s the most important thing…bringing in Melo…to be part of a championship team, you have to have conversations.
“As long as you communicate good things can happen.”
The Rockets are hoping Anthony can further boost an offence which ranked second in the league last season.
But Houston’s primary concern lies at the other end of the floor and how much Melo could hurt them there, with the team losing Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute over the summer.
Both men played critical roles within the team’s top-10 defence last year.
The Rockets will just have to hope James Harden’s confidence in Melo is warranted.