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Carmelo Anthony: Rockets bench role challenging mentally

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Cary Erickson | 19 October, 2018, 17:29

Being lightyears ahead of the rest of the league, they'll manage to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to swap Durant for star big man Anthony Davis under one condition: the Warriors have to take back coach Alvin Gentry. The Rockets had no answer for him (or anyone else on the Pelicans for that matter).

A detail shot of the pelican logo on the shorts Arinze Onuaku #21 of the New Orleans Pelicans in a preseason National Basketball Association game against the Houston Rockets on October 5, 2013 at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.

New Orleans' blowout - in which the team never trailed - wasn't an all-out Davis domination, either.

Davis also had 16 rebounds and Payton finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pelicans who led wire-to-wire.

The Pels felt like a team built around AD instead of one built for him.

At first glance there is a correlation between Houston and Oklahoma City that makes the upcoming season intriguing. It was a desperation move after Cousins went down for the year with an Achilles tear, but that panic deal has turned out to be a steal.

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Capela has steadily improved in each of his four National Basketball Association seasons and finished with career-bests in points (13.9), rebounds (10.8) and blocks (1.9) while starting a career-high 74 games a year ago. "We executed our game plan to the T. When we play like this we will be tough to beat". He is much better in transition and his shot was on in the preseason. The Rockets nearly seemed to have no defensive system in place at times, and were obliterated by the Pelicans' big man trio of Davis, Mirotic, and Randle.

With Cousins no longer on the team, it opens up for Mirotic to be a legit stretch four in this offense.

Maybe he'll be an even better fit. Julius Randle had 25 points and 8 rebounds on 9-15 shooting off the bench while Etwaun Moore had 21 points. That's Boogie-esque and exactly what Davis needs to supplement his workload.

Anthony has been a starter his whole basketball life, but that won't be the case this season in Houston.

San Antonio forward DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points in his Spurs debut Wednesday after he was acquired from Toronto for Leonard in the offseason. These players couldn't find their way on their original teams, but surrounding a true anomaly in AD, they've found a home.