Jim Boeheim: Carmelo Anthony would have been better off with Bulls

jim-boeheimJim Boeheim believes Carmelo Anthony would have been better off signing with the Chicago Bulls than remaining with the New York Knicks — at least from a basketball standpoint.

Boeheim, who coached Anthony on Syracuse’s 2003 NCAA national championship team, basically said Monday that he thinks Carmelo would have a better chance of winning in Chicago.

“Just from a basketball point of view it would have been better to go to Chicago because they’ve got better players,” Boeheim told Ian Begley of ESPNewYork.com. “But he wanted to be in New York and he wants to see if they can turn it around there. I think that’s a great thing.”

Anthony’s decision probably had a lot to do with the $50 million more the Knicks were able to offer him. I don’t care who you are or how much money you have made — turning down that kind of sum is extremely difficult. Plus, New York brightened its future by hiring Phil Jackson as head of its basketball operations department. If not for that move, Boeheim believes ‘Melo would have moved on.

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“He stayed because he believes Phil,” he said. “Derek Fisher, he knows the game. If you’re going to pick a coach who hasn’t coached, he would be the guy I would pick. I think he’s a great choice. I talked to Derek a little bit. I think he’s really smart. I think he’ll be a really good coach. I think they’ll show significant improvement this year. If they get a couple of guys down the road, I think they’ll be good.”

Carmelo is banking on significant improvement. Last season was the first time in his 11-year NBA career that Anthony did not play in a postseason game. He said earlier this week that he is certain the Knicks will not miss the playoffs again.

“Yeah, I think so for sure,” Anthony said when asked if New York will make the postseason, via Fred Kerber of the New York Post. “Absolutely.”

With Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and a healthy Derrick Rose, it would be surprising if the Bulls aren’t better than the Knicks next season. Boeheim certainly isn’t the only person who sees that.

Jim Boeheim meme comes strong after jacket meltdown

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Jim Boeheim nearly tossing his jacket during his meltdown at the end of Syracuse’s loss to Duke on Saturday night was one of those precious moments you just knew was destined for internet fame. Sure enough, the ‘net did not let us down on this one.

Boeheim never completely ripped off his jacket or threw his coat like many other coaches during his meltdown, but he did begin the process just as he was raging. That was all the great folks needed to begin Photoshopping the Syracuse coach into cinematic moments.

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The ringleader on this mission was SB Nation’s Brian Floyd. Bless him for creating some of the great work seen below:

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Jim Boeheim ejected after losing his mind on controversial call (Video)

Jim Boeheim was ejected in the final seconds of the Syracuse-Duke game on Saturday after going nuts following a call that went against his team.

Syracuse was trailing Duke 60-58 when C.J. Fair drove baseline for a layup. He was called for a charge after making contact with Rodney Hood with 10.4 seconds left, and Boeheim went ape.

Jimmy Glasses ran onto the court to contest the call, was hit with a technical and then ejected when he didn’t calm down. I’m no lip reader, but it sure as heck looked like Boeheim was calling it a bulls— call.

As a result of the two technical fouls called on Boeheim, Duke got four consecutive free throws and made three of them to turn a two-point game into a five-point game.

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As ESPN commentator Jay Bilas said, Boeheim’s reaction to the call killed Syracuse’s chances of winning the game. We should also note that this was Boeheim’s first career regular-season ejection.

After the game, Boeheim called it the worst call of the year.

“I thought that was the worst call of the year. That’s all,” Boeheim said via the Daily Orange’s Stephen Bailey.

Boeheim cited the changed definition of a charge/block in the new college basketball rules when saying the refs made the wrong call. Here’s what the new rule says.

“Under the revised block/charge call in men’s basketball, a defensive player is not permitted to move into the path of an offensive player once he has started his upward motion with the ball to attempt a field goal or pass,” according to the new rule. “If the defensive player is not in legal guarding position by this time, it is a blocking foul. Previously, a defender had to be in legal guarding position when the offensive player lifted off the floor.”

The call was terrible, but he does need to control himself better than that. He cost the team a shot at the game.

Also see: Jim Boeheim meme comes strong after jacket meltdown

Jim Boeheim tells Carmelo Anthony it’s OK to leave the Knicks

Carmelo-Anthony-Knicks-DefenseSyracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is one of Carmelo Anthony’s biggest fans. That probably has a little something to do with the fact that the two won an NCAA championship together in 2003. On Wednesday, Boeheim appeared on “Jim Rome on Showtime” and offered some advice for Carmelo on his impending free agency.

Basically, Boeheim told his former player not to be afraid to leave the New York Knicks.

“What I’d tell him is what I would tell any NBA great player,” Boeheim said, via Eye on Basketball. “If you’re a great player in the NBA, for you to be recognized as a great player you have to win a championship. It’s as simple as that. And I think you have to put yourself in the best position possible to win a championship. LeBron James did it. … And it’s changed the image of LeBron forever.

“I think you have to be in a place that you have a chance to win a championship. I think Carmelo loves New York, but I would tell him, ‘Let’s try to get some place where you can win this thing.'”

Anthony will likely opt out of his current deal with the Knicks at the end of the season, though he could still sign another contract with New York. He said he does not intend to leave the Knicks back in September, but the team is currently falling out of playoff contention and the future of head coach Mike Woodson is very much uncertain.

I’m with Boeheim. If the Knicks can’t find a way (or the cap space) to assemble a championship around Carmelo, he needs a change of scenery. It may be best for everyone at this point.

Jim Boeheim takes a stand against paying college athletes

jim-boeheimSyracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim has taken a strong stance against the idea that collegiate athletes should be paid. At a New York State Associated Press symposium on Wednesday, Boeheim addressed what has become the most hotly-debated subject in collegiate athletics over the past few years. In short, the 68-year-old feels that his players and others receive plenty of compensation.

“That’s really the most idiotic suggestion of all time,” Boeheim said, via The Post-Standard. “I think you have to understand something. It’s really very clear. This is really clear. … Our players get a $50,000 education. Some of them use Syracuse to develop their game, get the publicity they need, become a first-round pick and make money from basketball. Some of them like me get the scholarship, get the grades, get their education, get the chance to play basketball and then get to start life without any debt.”

Most people who feel that the NCAA should not pay its athletes agree with Boeheim’s assertion that a free education is payment enough. Those people certainly have a point. Students spend years paying off their debt when they graduate college, which is something athletes on a full scholarship never have to worry about. Boeheim also pointed out that the money generated by the basketball and football programs does not turn into profit.

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Jim Boeheim rips Knicks, defends Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo-Anthony-Knicks-DefenseAfter an impressive showing against the Boston Celtics in the opening round of the NBA playoffs, the New York Knicks barely put up a fight against the Indiana Pacers. The team was ice cold offensively throughout most of the series and lost Game 6 on Saturday by a score of 106-99, despite Carmelo Anthony’s 39 points on 15 of 29 shooting.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, who coached Anthony during the Orange’s national championship season in 2003, is not surprised the Knicks were bounced from the playoffs. Simply put, he feels that Carmelo was doing everything by himself.

“Not on that team,” Boeheim told the Syracuse Post-Standard when asked if Anthony can win an NBA title. “He did what he can do. He played very well the final game. Everybody’s killing him but Tyson Chandler just didn’t try to catch the ball. He threw him the ball and Tyson Chandler (dodged it). He was wide open. He should have been looking for the ball right here. Kenyon Martin should have been looking for the ball. They both went like this (Boeheim dodged his head). Carmelo gets turnovers and the announcers aren’t smart enough to even think, ‘Well, the guy should try to catch the ball.'”

Boeheim took most of the Knicks to task, adding that JR Smith (who is reportedly sticking around in New York for a while) and Raymond Felton “weren’t great players” on their former teams and now the Knicks are asking them to do too much. But he seemed particularly frustrated with Chandler.

“Tyson Chandler claims he never gets the ball,” Boeheim said.” He doesn’t try to get the ball. He had two points and (Roy) Hibbert had 21.”

He wasn’t done there.

“In Miami the second and third options are Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh,” Boeheim continued. “Your fourth option is Ray Allen, who is still in good shape. Your fifth option is Shane Battier, who is still a good player. The New York Knicks have who?”

Boeheim said he told his son during Game 6 that Anthony would have to score 50 for New York to win. He also blamed the Knicks’ offensive scheme, saying Carmelo has to run an isolation offense and go one-on-one too often. He’s right. Anthony is a great player, but he’s not Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. The Knicks aren’t going to win a title with him taking 30 shots a game.

H/T NY Post

Jim Boeheim testy with Gregg Doyel over retirement question (Video)

Jim Boeheim getting testy with reporters has become a postgame tradition. Saturday was no exception.

Boeheim fielded a question from CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel after his team’s 61-56 loss to Michigan and did not like it. Doyel who is known for stirring it up, asked Boeheim if he was planning to make an announcement about his future. The two then sparred over the question for about a minute.

Here’s the text of the full exchange via ASAP Sports:

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