Jim Boeheim Rumors
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says Phil Jackson “chased” Carmelo Anthony out of New York and that the forward’s addition automatically makes the Oklahoma City Thunder a threat to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA’s Western Conference. “They’ve got two top-10 players [in Russell Westbrook and Paul George] and Carmelo, who’s No. 60 or whatever they got him rated,” Boeheim, who coached Anthony to the 2003 NCAA championship, told SNY.tv by phone on Saturday. “I think he’s still a top player, and I think Russell and Paul George make it easier for him to be able to do what he does.”
Asked if he thinks Anthony regrets not making the Knicks a championship contender after arriving in 2011, Boeheim said he did. “Yeah, he loved New York,” he said. “He wanted to come to New York, he wanted to get it done in New York. And he did everything he could to do it, and I don’t think he ever wanted to leave New York. “I think Phil Jackson chased him out, and didn’t leave him a good alternative. But I think both organizations came out of this good.”
Boeheim told ZAGSBLOG last week he believes Jackson hurt the Knicks’ bargaining position by making it known he wanted to trade Anthony. “I think he did, but I think these guys [Knicks president Steve Mills and GM Scott Perry] salvaged it,” Boeheim said Saturday. “Everybody knew they had to make a move by Monday. They just couldn’t go to training camp in this circumstance so I think they pulled off a good trade.”
Jim Boeheim said Anthony, who has two years remaining on a five-year, $124 million deal, wants to stay in New York, if possible. He also said Anthony can compete at an elite level for “two or three more years” if he finds the right situation. “He likes New York,” Boeheim said. “He wants to play in New York.”
“The triangle is the worst offense ever, unless you have Michael [Jordan] or Kobe [Bryant],” Boeheim told ESPN, referencing the 11 NBA titles Jackson won with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers while employing the system.
Former Syracuse 7-footer and Boston Celtics first round pick Fab Melo died in his home country of Brazil. “He was a really good kid, and it’s not fair that he will be defined by one thing, a 10-page paper,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told ESPN shortly after hearing Melo had died at his mother’s house. “He worked his tail off to become a really good player, and was a nice kid.” “We don’t know the cause yet,” added a shaken Boeheim. “It’s so hard right now, so hard to believe. It’s a sad, sad day.”
“Even when Carmelo was young he always tried to do the right thing,” said Jim Boeheim, his head coach at Syracuse. “He’s a giver. Athletes have the strongest voices of anyone in their communities, because kids listen to them much more than they listen to politicians. Carmelo has grown to understand this. A lot of people with money don’t get involved, but it’s become important to Carmelo to become involved because of what he experienced when he was young. He knows he can make a difference in people’s lives, and he certainly has.”