Jim Boeheim Rumors

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.”
6 months ago via ESPN
“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.”
Carmelo Anthony made men’s Olympic basketball history on Sunday when he won his third gold medal. Two days later, Anthony’s college coach offered a sobering prediction for the remainder of the veteran’s NBA career. “He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title. As a player, all you can do is try to make your team better, and every team he’s been on he’s made them a lot better. Denver hadn’t done anything prior to him getting there and he took them into the playoffs. They weren’t going to beat the Lakers or the Spurs. In those years, they won the championship most of the time.”
“He wants to win in New York,” Boeheim said. “I know the general opinion is if [new additions Joakim] Noah and [Derrick] Rose are healthy then they’ll be a better team. It’s just a question of if they will be healthy. They’ve been off and on the last two years. They’ve both been hurt. I think if both those guys are healthy, it certainly would make a big difference and [Kristaps] Porzingis continuing to progress. If those things happen, they can be better.”
Of course, as Boeheim smartly points out, it’s not exactly accurate to parrot the oft-made claim that this job allowed Krzyzewski, after he turned down the chance to coach Kobe’s Lakers in the summer of 2004, to scratch the proverbial NBA coaching itch without ever leaving Duke. “This is really different than the NBA,” Boeheim says. “This is the best. “This is getting the NBA players without agents, without anybody else telling them what they should do, with them willing to do exactly what we have to do to win. So it’s really not coaching in the NBA. It’s not even close. We know that. This is fantasy world.”