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Mike D'Antoni: Carmelo a 'much better fit' in his offense with Rockets

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Mike D'Antoni thinks Carmelo Anthony will work well in the Rockets offense.

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Anthony, who agreed to a one-year contract with Houston on Monday, clashed with D'Antoni when the pair was with the Knicks in 2011-12. But, D'Antoni said he thinks things will be different this time around.

"We've got a team that is a whole bunch of veterans that really, we've got one thing in mind, and that's to win a championship, and we have the possibility," D'Antoni told USA Today. "We never had a blow-up before, so it's not ... he wanted to play a certain way and I kind of wanted to coach another way.

"Back then (with New York), there wasn't even analytics. I was going by my gut, and he was going by (his) gut, and it's just, you know, styles clash. And I think now, things have changed and everybody is playing the same way. I think it's a lot better fit and I think we have a really good chance to be really good."

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D'Antoni said he'll have to "work out" who will complete Houston's starting lineup behind star guards James Harden and Chris Paul, who are both reportedly excited to play with Anthony.

"All I know is that we'll try different combos," D'Antoni said. "Preseason, early season, and the good thing is that with analytics and with gut feelings and coaches and players, we'll figure out what is the best way to play."

Anthony, a 10-time All-Star, hit just 40.2 percent of his shots and averaged a career-low 16.2 points per game for Oklahoma City in 2017-18.

The Rockets finished last season with a 65-17 record and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they fell to the Warriors in seven games.

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