Chris Paul: Carmelo Anthony ‘going to be fine’ despite struggles
Carmelo Anthony has so far failed to adjust to his new role with the Houston Rockets, struggling mightily as the team has stumbled to a surprising 1-5 record. Despite his slow start, neither he nor Chris Paul are too worried about Anthony’s early-season struggles.
Anthony has seen some action as a starter but is expected to again start coming off the bench role starting with Friday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets. The unsettled nature of his role thus far has caused uncertainty throughout the Rockets’ rotation, Anthony says, who cited the difficulty of making an “adjustment” to a new team and new role.
“Yeah, once we get that rolling, it will become easier for everybody,” Anthony said, via the Houston Chronicle. “Just got to know what to expect, know how we’re going to play. I’ve been off the bench a couple games, started a couple games. So we really don’t know at this point. We just have to be ready.”
Anthony’s offensive output so far this season is well below his career averages by a wide margin. In six games, Anthony is averaging only 13.2 points (24.1 career average) while shooting only 37.3 percent from the field (44.9 percent career). The drastic statistical drop-off is coming with just under five minutes less action on the court (31.2 to 35.9).
Paul, however, is not concerned over Anthony’s struggles, insisting his pal will get things rolling soon enough. After all, Anthony is not the only issue plaguing the Rockets.
Paul mentioned that he and Anthony discuss such issues all the time. Specifically, Paul has relayed to Anthony about the adjustment process he went through after joining the Rockets last season. What’s more, CP3 knows Anthony will put in the work to get things right.
“Melo is a pro. If anything is bothering him or whatnot, y’all will never know. Hell, it’s hard enough for me to know. Melo comes in every day, gets his shots up, gets his work done, and all that different type of stuff. He’s great for the younger guys. He’s going to be fine.”
With the Rockets reeling, the sooner the better.