HOUSTON – It was Valentine’s Night, so Carmelo Anthony wasn’t going to kiss off another potential love connection.
“This has always been a play-hard team, a good team,” Anthony said. “They’re an up-and-coming team.”
The Rockets have now been up and over the Nuggets twice in the space of eight nights, rebounding from a 15-point deficit in the first quarter Monday night to beat Denver going away by 19.
By the end, Anthony was sitting on the bench, having played only 29 minutes and scored just 16 points. He bruised his right shoulder and said it felt sore.
But the subject of the season-long soap opera still had a few moves to keep things churning when asked the possibility of winding up in Houston. The Rockets have been sending flowers and candy since last summer to the Nuggets to try to woo a trade for the All-Star forward.
“I don’t control that,” Anthony said. “I’d have to talk to my management about that. I haven’t given my thoughts all season. You’ve been reading other people’s thoughts about me.
“Houston? It would be interesting. They’re up and coming. They’re pretty good. Now don’t go spinning that.
“I can’t speak to any of it. When something happens, if something happens, I’ll worry about it.”