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Rockets' Carmelo Anthony: Coming Off The Bench "Challenging Mentally"

Anthony and shooting guard Eric Gordon will likely be the first two players to come off Mike D'Antoni's bench. He was unwilling to yield his starting job with the Thunder, but he's cooled his stance on that since joining his buddy Chris Paul and the Rockets.

Anthony Davis scored 32 points and Elfrid Payton finished with a triple double as the New Orleans Pelicans got their National Basketball Association season off to a roaring start by clobbering the Houston Rockets, 131-112, on Wednesday, October 17 (Thursday, October 18, Manila time). While those were some fine pieces the Pelicans picked up, this season will hinge on the play of Davis and Jrue Holiday, who mauled the Portland Trail Blazers in their surprise first-round sweep of the Blazers.

The NBA is a young man's game and Carmelo is getting up there in age.

"But knowing that ahead of time and having those conversations and going game to game and understanding, 'OK, we might need you to do this tonight. I know how he likes to attack and where his spots are, so it should be even smoother". Those numbers are not almost high enough to justify saying Yes, even if I think Houston takes a slightly higher percentage of twos with Mbah a Moute and Ariza gone. Come to think of it, it will be a long night for the Pelicans, after all. That's something I will have to get used to if that was to happen.

The most points Houston allowed in regulation last season was 129 points in a 129-113 loss to Toronto, also allowing 142 in a double-overtime win over the Lakers. But the biggest thing for me is just communicate that with me. "That would be the most ... challenging part, shifting your mindset, shifting the way you approach the beginning of the game". For everybody it's an adjustment. "We made the most of our opportunities". "Tucker/da7d17aa-f245-4710-820c-99d29a7458b4" class="local_link" target="_blank">P.J. Tucker and Clint Capela against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Heading into the regular season opener against the Houston Rockets, the consensus opinion was that New Orleans would be at a severe disadvantage going against a star-studded backcourt that almost led Houston to the NBA Finals last season.

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