Report: Jim Boeheim has spoken to Thibodeau about Carmelo

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has reportedly been in touch with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau about the possibility of coaching Carmelo Anthony. (Berman, June 24).

“I’ve talked to Tom about Melo, his name has come up,’’ Boeheim told The Post. “I think Tom is very excited about the possibility of getting Carmelo. He likes him. He likes how he plays. He feels he’s coachable. I think Tom Thibodeau is one of the better coaches in the NBA. Carmelo would be happy playing for him. It would be a good fit — the coach-player relationship.’’

Keith Schlosser, Lead Writer

According to The Post, such conversations have been taking place ever since the two coaches began working together on Team USA. Of course, Anthony is also a member of that squad as well. Perhaps the wheels have been in motion for the Bulls to attract Anthony for quite some time.

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Now that it’s time to officially weigh his options and consider the different destinations, Boeheim’s advocacy could go a long way in the eyes of Carmelo. Though the Syracuse coach isn’t necessarily promoting the idea of leaving the Big Apple, he seems to understand that waiting for Phil Jackson to put the team in a spot to contend could take quite a while. Time isn’t exactly on the star forward’s side.

“With the Knicks, how long does it take?’’ Boeheim said. “Melo has three, four prime years left. If something didn’t happen this year, next year for some reason they don’t get a couple of quality guys, now what do you do? It’s tough figuring out what to do. It’s not easy for him.’’

There’s plenty of pressure on Anthony to win a championship, especially in New York. Who better to lean on for advice (with regard to gravitating towards a winning environment) than the coach who helped the forward achieve his greatest accomplishment; an NCAA title, than Boeheim?

The decision at hand could turn out to be Catch 22 for Anthony. If he leaves the Big Apple and heads to Chicago, he’ll be criticized, should he not win in The Windy City. That said, if he chooses to stay, he’ll be considered an individual failure if he fails to bring a championship to his hometown.

“I’d like to see him be where he can win, honestly,’’ [Boeheim] said. “He’s not going to get his due and credit the way the game is set up. You’re viewed almost as a failure if you don’t win championships. So I’d like to see him get where he can win. I’d like for it to be in New York, but I’d like to see where he can win. I believe he wants to be where he can win.

With that in mind, Boeheim isn’t exactly advocating for Anthony to leave the Knicks. Still, it goes without saying that the Bulls are closer to winning a title as currently constructed. As a friend, mentor, adviser, and trusted confidant of Anthony, Boeheim simply saying as much could be enough to guide Anthony in that direction.




20 comments
darealeric
darealeric

And of course, to all the resident Melo nuthuggers here, it's never suspicious as to why EVERY SINGLE TIME any coach, GM or other front office exec has Melo on his lips, it's always a question of "is he coachable"?

anthony G. Decesare
anthony G. Decesare

The only way I would even consider a sign and trade for melo is if a team took Felton and Jr Smith's contracts as part of the deal this way we would really clear the deck for 2015 and 2016. The only team I can see doing this with is Houston being Lin and Asik make 15 mil each this coming season on expiring contracts.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Boeheim's statement can be viewed in a variety of ways, but it's surely not telling Melo to stay in NY and sign with the Knicks.

mrdullah
mrdullah

Kobe is old school... he'd rather beat LBJ... PERIOD... ain't no way Kobe takes this new fangled team up BS...

#next

Andi
Andi

@anthony G. Decesare Heck no...only because I want Houston to feel the pain when they gave Lin that contract structure; where most of the money is on the 3rd year. I don't want to bail out Houston. Yes, still a bit peeve lol.

buddhabing
buddhabing

Both scenarios would net the Knicks nothing in terms of assets in a sign and trade. If he goes I just hope it's to a team that can bring back either talented young players or draft picks; preferably both.

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@mrdullah You remember Kobe when he played one season with Smush Parker and Chris Mihm in the starting lineup after they just drafted Andrew Bynum? Kobe was very close to bolting for Chicago after the Lakers failed to bring Kidd in. Every athlete can only do so much with bad management. They dont pull off that miracle trade which was Kwame for Pau Gasol in his prime basically, Kobe was a goner. Kobe isn't any different.

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@BiggieTKB People truly think that winning a chip is an every day feat. If they don't get it done, it speaks volumes about the player (of course, in a negarive fashion).


At the same time, winning an NCAA title isn't seem as a great accomplishment.


Contradictions abound. 

barnaby87
barnaby87

@BiggieTKB What are you talking about Biggie?  Obviously guys like Stockton, Malone, and Barkley were all scrubs...

onewhoknix
onewhoknix

@Sandro Guedes @barnaby87 @BiggieTKB uh oh Sandro just logged in. Buy stock into this thread now as the number of comments are primed to rise! lol

VerySilentJay
VerySilentJay

@Sandro Guedes @VerySilentJay @barnaby87 @BiggieTKB Barkley was a PF, his game was close to the basket, hence the efficiency numbers.

If you're gonna use overall shooting %, then he shot 26% for his career from 3. That ain't kosher.

And, if by better you mean, avg 1.5 steals when Melo avg 1.1 or by  better you mean 0.8 when Melo avg 0.5, or uf by better you mean 3.9 assists instead of Melo's 3.1.


Goshdarn, that seems mighty close to me.


How can he be selfish if he averages almost the same number of assists Barkley had?

Barkley reached the finals because he moved out Wes to an extremely potent Phoenix team t to avoid meeting Jordan, which he couldn't do during his time in Philly, where he played with lesser players like Moses Malone and Julius Erving.