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Carmelo Anthony can't rule out bench role with Rockets

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That is a significant change from a year ago, when Anthony mockingly asked, "Who, me?" when asked about his willingness to come off the bench for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"At the end of the day, we're all going to camp to figure out what works in order for this team to try to win a championship," Anthony said at media day Monday, a day before the Rockets open training camp in Lake Charles, Louisiana. "If that time comes, we'll have that conversation. My goal is to go into training camp, be the best player I can be, be in the best shape I can be and do what I have to do to help this team get over the hump and win a championship. That's all it is.3

"All the questions of coming off the bench, I don't want to answer those questions at the end of the day. Whatever I have to do to help this team win a championship, that's what's going to be done."cheap nfl nike jerseys china

The 34-year-old Anthony has started all 1,054 games of his career, the second-most consecutive starts to begin a career in NBA history behind Patrick Ewing (1,118). He signed for the veteran's minimum with the Rockets in August after receiving a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks, who traded for Anthony when the Thunder decided to unload his contract after a disappointing season in Oklahoma City, with the 15-year veteran hitting career lows in scoring (16.2 points per game) and field goal percentage (.404).

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni, who clashed with Anthony during their brief time together with the New York Knicks, was noncommittal when asked if he planned to use the No. 19 scorer in NBA history as a reserve.

"We'll see how it fits," D'Antoni said. "I don't know how they play together, they fit together. We have a great analytics team that will help [in addition to] gut feel. We do a lot of it scientifically, that this is the best way to go."

The Rockets will have a new starting small forward with the free-agency departure of Trevor Ariza, who signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phoenix Suns. That void could be filled by James Ennis, an athletic role player who started 50 games over the past two seasons for the Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons.cheap nike nfl jerseys free shipping

D'Antoni said he sees Anthony as primarily a power forward, the position that PJ Tucker filled in the starting lineup after the All-Star break and throughout the playoffs last season.

The Rockets, who set a franchise record with 65 wins and advanced to the Western Conference finals last season, had great success with Tucker as a starter. Houston was 29-5 with Tucker, a tough, versatile defender, in the starting lineup during the regular season.

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