Southwest Notes: Anthony, Zion, Porzingis, Brooks

Carmelo Anthony is downplaying tonight’s return to Houston for the first time since last year’s failed experiment, writes Jonathan Feigen of The Houston Chronicle. Anthony signed with the Rockets last summer, but only played 10 games before being pulled from the rotation. He remained on the roster but away from the team for about two months before being traded to Chicago in January.

Although GM Daryl Morey made several attempts over the years to acquire Anthony, once the Rockets landed him they found his mid-range game wasn’t compatible with their preferred offense.

“I honestly don’t have any feelings about going back,” Anthony said. “I was only there a couple weeks. I don’t really have any type of feelings going back.”

There’s more from the Southwest Division:

  • Now that No. 1 pick Zion Williamson has a target date for his NBA debut, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer examines how New Orleans will use him during the second half of the season. Despite a dismal start, the Pelicans entered the night just four games out of a playoff spot, and O’Connor notes that 14 of their final 15 games will be against teams with losing records. “I’ve heard the narrative that he shouldn’t play at all, but that would be absurd from where he is,” head of basketball operations David Griffin said. “He’s worked this hard because he intends to play basketball and he wants to lead his guys. He’s going to be an alpha as a vocal presence; you can’t be that when you’re not playing basketball.”
  • After initially being listed as available, Mavericks forward Kristaps Porzingis was a late scratch for tonight’s game at Sacramento, tweets Tim MacMahon of ESPN. It marks the ninth straight game that Porzingis has missed because of soreness in his right knee, combined with an illness that prevented him from working out for a few days. The team is “playing it safe,” MacMahon adds (Twitter link). Dallas is 4-4 so far without him.
  • Dillon Brooks met the starter criteria by starting his 41st game of the season for the Grizzlies last night, tweets Bobby Marks of ESPN. As a result, his qualifying offer will increase from $2MM to $3.1MM, which will also be the amount of his free agent cap hold.
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6 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: Anthony, Zion, Porzingis, Brooks

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    There was no compatibility problem on offense for Melo, it’s his refusal to play on the defensive end of the court that led to him being cut.

    • dust44

      Hahah in Houston. Ur talking about defense. Consider Harden can’t spell defense…

      • Hound_333

        lol no Harden can’t. But that is even more reason why it didn’t work. You can’t put two of them out there that refuse to play defense.

        • Major Factuh

          To be fair, Harden has improved his defense quite a bit. I think some glaring defense lapses in that past are what people remember; however, the guy has stayed in the top 10 in steals the last few years I believe, deflections are pretty good, and there are quite a few articles about his post defense being quite good if not elite.

  2. dustyceltics

    Yes but their talking about Harden’s inability to guard the fast break

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