Stephen A., Max argue Rockets' adding Carmelo Anthony improves odds vs. Warriors | First Take | ESPN

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  • Published on:  Wednesday, August 8, 2018
  • Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman argue on whether the Houston Rockets adding Carmelo Anthony improves their odds against the Golden State Warriors.

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  • jethawk1172  (Aug 8, 2018))

    This man Stephen a said 10 years ago his hairline was 3 feet forward. No way man. No way😂😂😂

  • Raisin Williams  (Aug 11, 2018))

    He said 3 feet

  • All Units Respond  (Aug 9, 2018))

    MAX comes off like a pussy when Stephen a goes off on him

  • zero  (Aug 8, 2018))

    if the rocket win less games than last year melo will be blamed. if the rockets dont make it out the weest melo will be blamed. james harden just got a get out of jail free card

  • Joshua Fult  (Oct 1, 2018))

    +Zero 100% everyone trashes Carmelo but Harden was ass the whole wcf last year and no one says shit about it

  • Aaron Bowen  (Sep 23, 2018))

    Am I the only one thought I had a hair strand on my screen.....

  • Retro Robbie  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Will miss Ariza's defence no doubt

  • cLoud unDerWeather  (Aug 12, 2018))

    yup... the question is how much?

  • Nathan Exde  (Aug 10, 2018))

    the two steals are better because the 20 points were easily made on the other end because the shit defense and the 5-20fg to get to 20 points fucked them also #staymelo #staydelusional

  • erik puka  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Some are treating Ariza like he was an all- star starter calliber player.

  • A sad Jets Fan  (Aug 20, 2018))

    erik puka we're not even saying that, were saying he was jey to the rockets. Do you understand the difference between those two?

  • Agra Nam  (Aug 10, 2018))

    And your point is? A team needs balanced roles in order to win, adding melo to Houston but losing Ariza is ultimately BAD.

  • Trae 5  (Aug 8, 2018))

    *Wtf does OKC vs HOU on Christmas have to do with the Warriors 😂*

  • Zahier Moye  (Jan 28, 2019))

    You have a great point😂🤣😂🤣😂

  • watchful news  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Trae 5 same as lebron being the goat.....NOTHING!

  • Christian Joel Cabrera  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Talk about Mbah a moute not playing late in that playoff push by Houston, Melo was also benched a lot during that time. In Houston, CP will be looking for open players in the wing to shoot threes. Harden will be the iso guy. So Melo's in the exact same situation as last season. He'll be a spot up shooter.

  • King Crash of 1400  (Aug 14, 2018))

    Christian Joel Cabrera Wrong ! Cause unlike ariza , Melo can create his own shot

  • Shairene Magat  (Aug 11, 2018))

    Christian Joel Cabrera true👍

  • YoungAli  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Carmelo is going to get abused on pick and rolls

  • Oscar Gonzalez  (Aug 13, 2018))

    Yeah when we played Utah this man was getting exposed by favors it was hard to watch

  • Kid_ Savage561  (Aug 8, 2018))

    YoungAli can you imagine a Westbrook iso with melo guarding him? It’s wraps 😭💀

  • Cornell Ginger  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Rockets will be fine. If things aren’t working out with Melo, they’ll easily cut him and his minimum contract. They signed James Ennis, a 3 and D guy, and they’re about to make a few more trades before the season starts. The rockets front office was ranked 3rd. You don’t get that far by not making smart choices.

  • t100base  (Aug 8, 2018))

    you can't cut melo. who do you think he is? he basically controls the league

  • D Rick  (Aug 8, 2018))

    And... They working on trading Ryan Anderson for James Johnson which was better than Ariza Defensively,

  • Geno In The Gym  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Sad to say but max is completely right. Melo ain’t a 24 ppg player anymore.

  • bensoflyyy  (Sep 3, 2018))

    the year before he got to okc, he was what, 22.4 ppg? then the year he got together with the reigning MVP russell WB he's down to 16.2 ppg. doesn't that ring a bell for you?

  • Ian Wilson  (Aug 12, 2018))

    Geno In The Gym they don't need him to average 24. They only need him to average 18-20.

  • John Modest  (Aug 8, 2018))

    Harden was a terrible defender. However, I saw him improve significantly last season with CP3.. perhaps Melo’s defense will improve alot better with the Rockets. The Thunder have an offensive team centered around 1 player stat stuffing(even the coach advises the big men to boxout for Russ’ rebound opportunity that usually leads to no assist if he has 10 already), the Knicks were trash and still are and Melo was uninspired to play defense in the broken down Phil Jackson’s ongoing roster changing tragedy...

  • John Modest  (Aug 13, 2018))

    Greg Horton Also, Melo without Westbrook was a SuperStar.. even with Allen Iverson (who's known to hog a bit). Westbrook is the cancer to OKC, Oladipo and Kanter seem to be doing really well without him. Fact is, his passion outweighs his productivity. Nobody said the man doesn't play hard but he can play the game smarter by making plays that benefit the teammate than yourself. If you watched OKC he scoffs and gets pissed if you pass the ball after he passes it to you. There's even a video on that on Y...

  • John Modest  (Aug 13, 2018))

    Greg Horton take your face out the statbook and watch OKC play... yes Westbrook goes hard one on one he takes pull up 3s with a less than avg. 3pt shooting %(check ya stat book on that) but unless he's doubled/tripled or his assists total is 8/9 he won't throw the pass. Anyone who is a coach and makes his big men box out for a point guard is a retard! The feet cannot beat the outlet pass. Only other reason anyone can come up with is to get Westbrook a rebound and perhaps a cheap assist from an outlet p...