Carmelo Anthony: There is a misconception about me



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Carmelo Anthony: There is a misconception about me

Los Angeles Lakers swing an Carmelo Anthony wanted to clear some things after leading the Lakers to a win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday. Anthony, who scored a game-high 23 points to lead the Lakers to a 95-85 win, insisted afterward he is able to adapt to certain situations.

Two years ago, Anthony found himself out of the league because the talk was that he wasn't willing to accept the bench role. "I think people don't really understand me," Anthony said. "I think there's a misconception out there about me and not being able to adapt to situations.

But I'm easily adaptable, man, to any situation."

Anthony also delivered a good defensive performance

Two years ago, the Rockets cut Anthony after just 10 games. "I didn't expect him to have a defensive performance like he did tonight," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.

"It was great. I mean, forget about the steals and blocks and strips. He's always good with his hands. But he's in the right position. When you watch him on tape coming into this year, Iike, the effort's there. He plays hard on that side of the ball.

... "And when he's providing that kind of performance on the defensive side of the ball, with the way he's shooting it, he's a huge part of our win tonight." LeBron James acknowledged that the Lakers want to put Anthony in a situation to score.

"When it comes to efficiency and as far as what he's doing right now, we're just trying to break down the defense and he's finding himself, either his man is guarding him and leaving him or he's in a great rhythm," Lakers forward James said.

"He's just taking his shots and knocking them down. The Lakers are still adapting and Anthony believes everything will work out fine for them. "Inthink for me now it's just about being mentally prepared for whatever is being thrown at us.

And the rest will take care of itself," he said. "It's basketball at that point. If you're open, shoot it. If not, make a play for yourself, make a play for others. The more that I can simplify the game of basketball, the easier the game becomes, especially at this stage of your career."

Anthony is one of the new additions to the Lakers roster but so far he has played good. "It was all about me being able to adapt," Anthony said. "I'm always going back to just being able to adapt to whatever situation that I'm put in."