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.”
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“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.”
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As his sneaker sales have slowed stateside because of a string of major injuries, Rose’s signature business has been surprisingly strong globally. A brand source recently mentioned that Rose’s products have totaled around $100 million in total sales, with 70 percent of that generated from the Chinese market. Adidas operates roughly 9,000 branded stores throughout China, where Rose’s annual signature shoe, his 773 team shoe, a casual shoe and plenty of branded apparel are featured at each store. He also does an annual multi-city tour throughout Asia.
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Rose has heard the critics and is preparing to be at his best for New York’s opening game against the defending champions in Cleveland. “I feel like I’m not done,” Rose said. “It’s a new start. I feel rejuvenated, and when you put all that together, when I step on the floor, I really don’t know what to expect. What I’m doing right now is just preparing myself for something big. I think we have a chance to win every game, and in the league, that’s rare. ”