With the Houston Rockets at 5-7 to start the season, Carmelo Anthony's role on the team has come under question, with the Rockets struggling to replicate the same offensive success they had last season.
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Prior to today's 115-103 win over the Indiana Pacers, Houston scored 80 and 89 points in two straight losses, with Anthony scoring 2 points on 1-of-11 shooting in their loss to OKC. He has missed the past two games due to illness.
Earlier today Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that the Rockets and Carmelo could soon part ways, while Rockets GM Daryl Morey described the reports and speculation surrounding Anthony as 'unfair'.
His good friend Dwyane Wade took to Twitter to defend Anthony, saying that he was being made to be the 'fall guy'.
Trying to make my guy @carmeloanthony the fall guy huh!? Man y'all need to stop. That's the easy way out instead of addressing what the real problem.- DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 12, 2018
Morey addressed reporters ahead of the Pacers game, saying that he and Head Coach Mike D'Antoni should be held accountable for the sow start.
"One of the reasons I'm here, besides its 10 games in, about, is I think there's just a lot of unfair, like, rumors and everything going around about him," Morey said of the speculation surrounding Anthony.
"He's been great with us. As Coach [Mike D'Antoni] said yesterday, his approach has been great. He's accepted every role Coach has given him -- starting, off the bench, whatever it's been.
"We're struggling as a team, and it's my job, it's Coach's job to figure this thing out. But from guy one to guy 15 - and I'll put myself in there; a lot of this is on me right now -- we're not playing well. We've just got to figure it out. We're evaluating everything."
Rockets GM Daryl Morey addresses reporters about the Rockets' 4-7 start and rumors around Carmelo, who is out (sick) tonight pic.twitter.com/WO8S1s7SIS- Scott Agness (@ScottAgness) November 11, 2018
Anthony has played in 10 games this season, averaging 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, shooting 40.5% from the field and 32.8% from the three-point line.