Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta spoke to SNY on Friday to promote his new book, 'Shut up and Listen', which provides advice for business entrepreneurs. He answered questions about the book, ex-Knick Carmelo Anthony's Rockets tenure, Knicks and Nets ownership and other topics.
Below is a Q&A with Fertitta, condensed and edited for clarity.
SNY: Why do you think it didn't work out with the Rockets and Carmelo last season?
FERTITTA: "You know, it's really unusual because I never really got a chance to meet Melo but all I heard is what a gentleman he was and that he was going to play whatever part or role on the team that the coaches wanted him to play. And basketball ops decided to make a decision and, you know, it kinda surprised me too, as a fan of the Houston Rockets. But I know what I know and I know what I don't know. And if my basketball ops thought that we should move on, then I sure wasn't going to tell them not to, even though I thought that Melo's one the greatest players to ever play the game."
The Rockets parted ways with Anthony after 10 games last season. At the time, general manager Daryl Morey cited Anthony's fit in Houston as a reason for the split. Anthony, a 10-time All Star, said in a recent ESPN interview that he'd like to play this season.