SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Sam Amick dissects the new-look Western Conference in which LeBron James now resides.
Houston coach Mike D’Antoni, who walked away from the New York Knicks post because of Carmelo Anthony, now will welcome him onto his Rockets team that needs their sordid past to be, well, just that.
No more hard feelings over their infamous split in March 2012, when D’Antoni was so tired of trying to convince Anthony to play power forward that he resigned with more than a month left in the regular season. No more dissecting how it all went down, as D’Antoni has several times in recent years by sharing that it was Anthony’s ultimatum to Knicks management that inspired his exit.
As D’Antoni discussed with USA TODAY Sports, this is a new landscape. The Rockets, who came so close to unseating the back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals, need ‘Melo to be at…