Boeheim: Melo would stay in New York ‘if he’s got a chance to win’

Adam Zagoria

Jim Boeheim said he believes Carmelo Anthony will remain in New York “if he’s got a chance to win.”

“I think Carmelo wants to play in New York, he wanted to come there, I think he likes playing in New York. I think he would stay in New York if he’s got a chance to win,” the Syracuse coach, whose team is currently 22-0 and ranked No. 1, told The Michael Kay Show on ESPN Radio.

Anthony is expected to opt out and become a free agent this summer, although his wife, La La Anthony, recently said she “definitely” expects him to stay with the Knicks.

“The problem in the NBA, your judged on winning championships,” Boeheim said. “He’s gotta try to go and play where they can win a championship or else he’s gonna be failure, that’s the bottom line.”

Still, the Hall of Fame coach cautioned that all championship teams feature at least two great players and that the Knicks only have one.

“I’m not an expert on the NBA but everybody I’ve seen win an an NBA championship had a great player with him, whether it was Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, they all had a great player with them,” he said.

“I don’t know if you can do it without that. I mean, David Robinson and Tim Duncan together. Tim Duncan had Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. I think you gotta have that. I don’t think you can win a championship without it.”

Boeheim’s comments echoed those of Kobe Bryant, who recently said the same thing while visiting New York.

Boeheim also said that Anthony is a scorer like Kevin Durant, not a playmaker like LeBron James, and that fans needed to understand that.

“Kevin Durant is a scorer, Carmelo Anthony is a scorer,” Boeheim said. “They’re different than LeBron James and, by the way, everyone else is different than LeBron James, too.”

Boeheim watches the Knicks often and said they have been hampered by injuries to Tyson Chandler, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. He believes they can still make a run. They are currently two games out of the eighth seed in the East.

“I think they’re still capable of making a run here at the end,” Boeheim said. “Obviously, you gotta get in the top six. You can’t be eighth or seventh, right?

“If they can get into sixth or fifth so they dont have to play Miami or Indiana the first game, I think they can still do that. It’s really having those guys healthy”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.

13 comments
bockers
bockers

Melo will remain a Knick for the $30MM.Mills should trade Chandler and Shump for a star player(s).Stat and AB come off the books in 2015.We add K.Love,Aldridge or Millsap.Only players on current team to retain are Melo,Hardaway,Tyler and Murry.JR and Felton must be traded.I would trade JR this year while his value is rising.

knickster
knickster

Pure BS. Players will only go as far as they are allowed. Melo is NOT in a position to make demands on the knicks - he should consider himself lucky that dolan is semi-retarded, because almost any other owner in the NBA realizes melo is not a max player and it's hard to envision destinations for melo better than new York.

tjwhite18
tjwhite18

@AdamZagoria - CuseWorld ignores the conventional wisdom: Knicks like lose because Melo is there. And gonna remain. Not a winning NBA form.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

Funny that Boeheim says that, he was considered a failure sort of before Melo got him a NCAA ring.  Unless, Melo is going to Indy, Miami or the Thunder, he's going to have a very hard time getting a ring.

orlando_knickfan
orlando_knickfan

I'm so sick of this that I hope he asks for a trade so we can end this back story and move on. This situation, Lebron, Paul, all of em that are holding their organizations hostage is really turning me off from the game of basketball.

I understand that this sport is not as team based as football but this is beyond ridiculous. Even a guy like Rose who can't stay healthy is rumbling about leaving.

Melo shares some % of culpability for this along with everyone else.  Why does he get to run away and hide.

It's time for non-guaranteed contracts and no-opt outs.

KnickelusKnickleby
KnickelusKnickleby

Melo about to have a Meeting with GM Mills and Dolan

" Fix this Mess or I'm Gone " Ultimatum

it's needed.

Chris
Chris

@knickster  You live in an alternate reality. You are saying that teams don`t consider him a star of max contract value, Okay we have LeBon KD and whom are max players?

Chris
Chris

@xmenreturn  Not the Heat, they are deserting the ship, LeRoid to La or Cleveland, Bosh to Houston, and Wade will retire. Indy Thunder, La Clips and San Fran

saintknick
saintknick

@orlando_knickfan  Good freaking luck with that man. non-guaranteed contracts only exist where Ownership is strengthened by a diluted player pool. You can get it in Football. Maybe one day even in Baseball. Not in our lifetime in Basketball.


This happens in every sport - the idea that a player might leave in free agency isn't in any way locking up the organization. The Knicks get a choice - they can move him now, or they can try and sign him as a FA. This is the same in Hockey, Baseball, Football, etc.


The one solution that COULD work is to allow teams a one-time per player, one-year "franchise" tag. The problem is the logistics. You can't make it based on the avg. of the top 5 at the position because that can really screw a player who would otherwise make max. You could just operate it as a restricted free-agent situation where the team can use its franchise tag to counter any offer. 


But whatever - players don't hold teams hostage any more than teams hold players hostage. I haven't seen a guy actually force a trade in a long long time. They don't bish and moan and sit on the bench and complain unless they are traded - they just make it clear they won't resign. I think its great.


The thing is, this is all on Melo. The RIGHT thing to do (unlike Lebron) is to decide NOW whether he likes the direction or not. Give the team till a week before the deadline to make moves etc. 


A sign and trade can only help Melo, and the Knicks. The only plus Melo gets by waiting is the wine-and-dine period of free agency - in the end he either hamstrings the team he stays with because they are paralyzed until he makes a decision, or he gets less money to go elsewhere than he could have in a sign and trade.