SYRACUSE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Sorry, Knicks fans, but Jim Boeheim doesn’t think Carmelo Anthony is ever going to win an NBA title.
The Syracuse head coach said his former star player that led the 2003 Orangemen to an NCAA championship will likely never get to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy.
“He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim told Syracuse.com. “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.”
Boeheim continued, “But he’s always made his team better. It’s obvious. You look back on your total basketball experience and he had a great high school team, he won the NCAA championship and he’s won three gold medals in the Olympics. That’s a pretty good resume.”
In the six seasons he’s been with the Knicks, Anthony has been to the playoffs three times, never getting farther than the conference semifinals. The past two seasons have been disastrous, as the Knicks won only 49 games and lost 115.
Boeheim said Anthony winning his third gold medal with the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team helped to offset his recent disappointing seasons.
“I think it meant a lot to him because he’s had a couple bad years obviously in New York,” Boeheim told Syracuse.com. “The reason I wanted him to go was to have a good basketball experience for himself and to be the leader of this team, which we felt we needed with all the other veteran guys either being hurt or just choosing not to play. I think it was important for him to go. He did a great job. He really did a great job throughout the whole tournament.”
The Knicks are hoping to contend after adding Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee to go along with Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.
Anthony said after winning his third gold on Sunday that this would be his last Olympics.