NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony is eligible to be a free agent in the offseason, and he’s admitted that while he loves New York, he’d love to test the market.
It’s obvious that the seven-time All-Star is frustrated with his current situation, as the Knicks have been a major disappointment this season and don’t appear close to contending for an NBA championship.
The deadly scorer needs to win a championship to cement his legacy and get the monkey off his back.
He knows it, and so does his former college coach, Syracuse legend Jim Boeheim.
The Basketball Hall of Famer has some advice for the freshman who led the Orange to an NCAA title in 2003.
“What I’d tell him is what I would tell any NBA great player,” Boeheim told Jim Rome. “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. He did get some criticism for the way it went down, but he got himself with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and has been able to win championships. And it’s changed the image of LeBron James 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.'”
In his 11th season in the league, the 29-year-old is averaging 27.3 points, 3.0 assists and 8.6 rebounds in 38.8 minutes per game.
But his team looks lost. After winning 54 games and the Atlantic Division title last season, New York is just 20-32 at the All-Star break. Despite playing in the miserable Eastern Conference, the Knicks are in danger of missing the playoffs. With 30 games to play, the ‘Bockers are in third place in the division — eight games behind the first-place Raptors — and two-and-a-half games behind the Bobcats for the final playoff spot in the conference.
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