Houston Rockets Owner Tillman Fertitta recently spoke to reporters about the newly signed Carmelo Anthony, and his words may put some unneeded pressure on the veteran.
There’s a lot of speculation and a lot of talk about Carmelo Anthony joining the Houston Rockets — most of the chatter revolves around exactly how he will fit in. And that is a major question, especially after the star forward’s seemingly lackluster one-year run with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the Houston Rockets’ owner, Tillman Fertitta feels pretty sure about his teams’ latest and biggest acquisition.
“We couldn’t win a championship without you. If we win with you, you’re gonna be the guy that us there,” the Rocket’s owner was reported commenting candidly.
The Rockets’ owner’s words speak directly to the importance of Carmelo Anthony being a Houston Rocket. At the end of the day, the team, undisputedly led by James Harden, and also Chris Paul, are chasing the indomitable Golden State Warriors, a team that they took to seven games last year in the Western Conference Finals. But the significance of Fertitta’s words are found in the nebulous of uncertainty; Melo is a variable that only the duration of time, the fullness of the 2018-2019 NBA season, will ultimately reveal. It is the ‘if’ in the owner’s comments that causes even more wonder while at the same time placing the pressure on the star forward’s presence with the team.
At this point, players and fans alike are waiting with bated breath to see what this team will be like with such an offensive powerhouse as Carmelo Anthony — a query that only exists from his lack of winning big and attributed one-sidedness in play. For all the greatness that has been Melo throughout his fifteen-year NBA career, a stigma has seemingly fallen on him, and so going into the new NBA season there are a multiplicity of matters that will be settled: Carmelo’s influence on this already high powered Houston Rockets team and whether or not he will be the one to take them to the next level, usurping the Warrior’s dynasty, and the removal of the belligerent talk about his game and potential legacy – and the two are seamlessly intertwined. Needless to say, there’s a lot on the line for Melo and the Rockets this year.