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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 9:30 am  |  43 responses

Carmelo Anthony’s College Coach Rips His New York Knicks Teammates


Jim Boeheim, who coached Carmelo Anthony for a year at Syracuse, tore into Melo’s Knicks teammates after New York was eliminated from the NBA Playoffs by the Indiana Pacers in six games. Contrary to Carmelo’s hopes and beliefs, Boheim says that Anthony has no shot at winning a championship with the way the Knicks are presently constructed. Per the Post-Standard: “Not on that team,’ Boeheim said. ‘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 went like this (Boeheim dodged in a chair in his office in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center). 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 again). Carmelo gets turnovers and the announcers aren’t smart enough to even think, ‘Well, the guy should try to catch the ball.’ [...] Boeheim said the Knicks needed Anthony, Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith to play well every night to have a chance in almost any game this season. ‘Those guys weren’t great players where they were and now they’re asking them to be second and third options,’ Boeheim said. ‘In Miami the second and third options are Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. 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?’ [...] ‘Tyson Chandler claims he never gets the ball. He doesn’t try to get the ball,’ said Boeheim, who coached Chandler when he was a member of the 2012 United States Olympic team. ‘He had two points and (Roy) Hibbert had (21). What was the difference in the series? Raymond Felton was 0-for-7. Lance Stephenson had (25) points. They’re going to blame it on Carmelo? I told him when he went to New York, they’re going to blame it on you.’ [...] ‘They’re getting nothing but older,’ Boeheim said. ‘They’re not going to get better. They need two more options. Chris Paul would be the guy. … No one else can help them. They’re not going to beat Miami. Indiana’s not going to get worse, they’re going to get better. It doesn’t look good.’”

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  • Jay cutler

    Lol. Someone’s hoping to get a call from Jim Dolan.

  • spit hot fiyah

    he is right in that the knicks can’t win a chip they way they are constructed. and melo’s teammates did somewhat disappear in the playoffs, but melo deserves his share of the blame as well. clearly it is his college coach standing up for him, but shooting close to 40 % while just jacking up a lot contested shots is not going to get it done either. the knicks problems are deeper than chandler and martin not being very good at catching passes

  • shockexchange

    (S.E. voice) “The wheels of the bus go round-n-round … round-n-round …”

  • 416MeloMan

    He’s 100 % right…. Melo was basically left on an island by himself. You ant to blame him atleast a little bit, but watching the game, who else would you want to shoot those shots? Also, when people actually did start hitting shots Woodson decided to run iso after iso when you clearly can’t beat Indiana that way

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746455175 Rich Sanchez

    Knicks cant win with those guys. They need way more talent. Chris Paul would be the guy but Melo need the ball so much I wonder how that would work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746455175 Rich Sanchez

    Knicks cant win with those guys. They need way more talent. Chris Paul would be the guy but Melo need the ball so much I wonder how that would work.

  • Sean B

    Way to ensure another hefty donation to the University by sticking up for your man Boheim lmao.

  • Sean B

    Way to ensure another hefty donation to the University by sticking up for your man Boheim lmao.

  • spit hot fiyah

    there is also something called the CBA which would kill any idea of paul on the knicks

  • spit hot fiyah

    there is also something called the CBA which would kill any idea of paul on the knicks

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    hahahaha, you aint lying here.

  • solito

    He should not rip to much into Chandler. Have you seen Tyson Chandler face-up and shoot a half distance shot, or take more then one dribble in the post, trying to get a defender of balance? Not his game. He has great value on defense, and as an offensive rebounder, but there has to be a scoring counter part as PF (like Nowitzki was).

    Boheim is right about his assessment over all, and since he has a lifetime gig, can afford to be non-diplomatic about it. The Knicks have plenty of young talent to develop, but lack the role players (particularly in the post) to compliment Anthony and Chandler.

    Also, I expect Miami to have all sorts of problems defending against Indiana’s post rotation (Milk Cartoon: LeBron’s post up game in the next series).

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  • http://www.facebook.com/starkpwnsyou Joshua Maria Peter Bautista

    I think Amare should be concerned here. He’s supposed to be number 2, while JR should be number 3. That should be enough offense. Again, should be. Tyson Chandler was there for D, but come on, he still needs to play O, and J-Kidd can’t always look for the alley-oop to feed him. He needs to work on his off-ball cutting FROM THE GROUND and maybe develop a hook shot while its not too late. A low-post, back-down game is not for him, but Amare was working on that. Thing is, both of them are good cutters and finishers, but not much else. Amare can stick that jumper but its not consistent enough for defenders to close out on him as if their lives depended on it. His role is to be an offensive option, period. Score, score, score, and get some boards and change some shots while you’re at it. At this point, the Knicks are stuck with their players unless everyone retires, so improvement has to come from within if they ever want a shot at the Larry O’Brien.

  • pposse

    damn that was pretty unprofessional.

    all i got from this quote other than pure disrespect to the ny knicks roster was a public calling for cp3 to join the knicks.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    All they run is isolations and PnR’s. THat’s been Woodson’s MO since he was in Atlanta. Pretty cute that you Melo fans need someone to turn on tho. Like that isn’t the exact same sh*t they’ve been doing all season.
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    Melo just can’t do what he does in the regular season in the playoffs. The problem for the Knicks is that Melo is the best player on the team. And he doesn’t have the ability to be the best player on a competing team.

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J

    Please explain the Mavs championship run or the Pistons championship. Good role players can push teams over the top. And I’m not even a Melo fan, but LeBron before the Heat won nothing also and he is the worlds best basketball player.

  • Corky

    Question: When has Tyson Chandler ever said, “I’m not getting enough shots!” as if he wanted to be a focal point in the offense?

    Answer: Never.

    Carmelo Anthony is a highly skilled, but inefficient, offensive iso-machine. He may not the “the” problem but he is certainly “a” problem.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    You need me to show you that Dirk was an efficient scorer who didn’t hurt his team defensively?

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    That’s the thing nobody noticed apparently about that Mavs run.

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    Dirk didn’t hurt the team defensively. They hid him, but he was a solid defender on the assignments he drew. He didn’t hurt the team at all on that end.

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    Also, Dirk shot 54% from the floor in the playoffs. Obviously that is something Carmelo has never even kind of come close to doing.

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    The Pistons was a team of very good basketball players who play the right way. There was not a single selfish player on that roster. And not a single bad defender. And at that, they had the best defensive Center and Small Forward in the whole league.
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    Carmelo alone, by himself, takes the reasons both the Mavs and Pistons won championships out of the picture if you replace either teams SF with him.

  • Sizzle

    Melo is Melo. What Knicks fans need to realize is he will get his no matter what, but he will continue to not play defense or pass the ball. There was a running joke on what would happen first in the NY/IND series, Jason Kidd scoring a point or Carmelo getting an assist.

    Knicks are one of those teams that is great in the regular season, but when teams match up with them over the course of a series, they are exposed. They have no offense and our too reliant on outside shooting. They aren’t built for the playoffs.

    Something has to be said about Melo’s postseason record. LeBron continually failed in the playoffs until he landed in Miami, but he was at least making progress each year. We know that Melo can score, that hasn’t changed, but he still hasn’t led his team anywhere in the playoffs (besides I think 09, but that was more of because Chauncey played out of his mind).

  • Junior Taylor

    I understand where Boeheim’s coming from but it’s kind of hard for me to agree with him when Melo shot 40% from the field and under 30% from 3 during the Knicks’ playoff run. So it wasn’t like he was lighting the world on fire while his teammates were bricking shots left and right.

  • ThugLife

    If you think taking the hapless Cavs to the Finals without even one other “good” player is Lebron failing, then you are wrong

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  • Sizzle

    I think your missing the point my man, I view it as a failure (and I know he would to) as anything but a championship. I am saying LeBron didn’t win a chip in Cleveland, but he got a hell of a lot closer than Melo. Melo has only sniffed the second round twice.

  • Fat Lever

    D@mn, Chalmers is truly unique. A top 10 PG that isn’t even a top 5 option on his own team. History in the making…

  • bike

    He left Amar’e out of his rant. He should be the second option instead of second fiddle…the Knicks are screwed playoff wise for the foreseeable future.

  • JoeMaMa

    This comes down to not having Amare. Carmelo’s a great talent, but he needs help. JR Smith basically said “blame this on me” with his brutal shots/shot selection, Chandler’s not even supposed to be a primary option, Kidd couldn’t hit a single shot, and no other Knicks proved themselves to be threats beyond the odd Prigioni/Shumpert spurt. If Amare’s healthy, you have a post and pick/pop option that opens the floor and gets everyone easier shots. But…nope.
    As such, Indiana loaded up on Carmelo. The Knicks decided to give him the ball anyway. And the result – Carmelo taking tough shots and getting no help. He can definitely take a team far, but he’s not good enough to single handedly bring a team a ring…then again, a choice few are. Boeheim’s right. But of course, it’s classic prick Boeheim. That man could ruin a 4 day weekend with a sideways glance.

  • Noompi

    f**k off with dat sh*t

  • Noompi

    Top 10 eh? Ya think??

  • KsweetyK

    still didn’t address the Lebron statement

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what – O
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    LeBron was a diamond on top of a pile of sh!t. It’s great and all that, but it’s still a pile of sh!t.
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    Why they didn’t win should be pretty obvious. The difference is? LeBron has never lost in the first round. Carmelo has the worst playoff winning % in the last 20 years.

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J

    Lets just simpilify this … In the past 10 years which conference has been stronger?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Yeah, are you now going to try and argue Carmelo has only experienced less success than LeBron because of the conference? Lol. Go ahead, say what you need to say.

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J

    It not about being indignat. My argument is that all nba superstars need reliable wingmen nowadays; not that Carmelo is on par with LeBron.

    LeBron has not made the playoffs twice. Dirk lost to the Warriors in the first round and the Heat in the finals. Kobe lost in the first round as well and has even missed the playoffs.

    If Allen Iverson can make it to the finals and Dirk can win a championship then so can Melo you just need the right mix of guys and better coaching. Mike Woodson is not the answer period.

    Besides no one is beating the heat this year anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    LeBron missed the playoffs his first and second years in the League when he was drafted by a horrible team. And by his second year, he’d led that team to 40 wins. By his third year they’d won 50 games.
    Stop it people. Everyone picks at LeBron for the holes in his game, or the holes he used to have. He has steadily improved, sometimes by leaps and bounds. Hell, he shot 40 percent from 3 this year! Melo has never, EVER shown serious improvement in the areas he’s been deficient in for years. Point to it people.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Saying LeBron continually failed is misleading. He choked on occasion, and failed to reach the Finals, but “failed”? Only one team succeeds in the NBA every year in that case.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Allen Iverson and Dirk were far better players in those seasons than Carmelo has ever been dude.
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    What don’t you get about that?

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J

    I was never pointing at LeBron’s holes … He is the best player in the NBA. I was pointing out that Melo is a problem the not the total problem for the Knicks. I was also trying to state that all players have flaws but under the right circumstances they thrive.

    I personally feel that Melo is the worst defender in the league; but he is one of the most dangerous scores. I think if he had a stronger coach and a reliable second scorer he’d pass more. I do believe he is selfish, but in the beginning of the season every time the double came he passed the ball and the Knicks made shots.

    Indiana exposed them (Melo) consistently, as they never doubled him and no one else showed up to play. Furthermore the refs actually let Hibbert play defense and they never called 3 seconds when he camped in the lane.

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J

    Melo is a problem not the total problem. I wasn’t trying to double post but I got a wack sprint iPhone 4S so this thing is terrible

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J

    Allen Iverson shot 38% that entire playoffs and 78% from the line … The right system and situation can turn a superstar into a champion, or make a superstar more successful. What don’t you get about that?

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Cool.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Allen Iverson played 46 minutes a game. Yeah he shot 39% but he did that because of how much he was playing. His Effective Field Goal Percentage of .490 would be the second highest of Carmelo’s playoff career (9.5 FT attempts a game will do that). Except Iverson was playing 46 minutes, getting 6 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
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    Carmelo has never shown the ability to do that, or anything close to it. 46 minutes a game is a pretty obvious reason that a guy would lose efficiency, don’t you think?

  • http://twitter.com/Esquire_J Esquire J

    You can make excuses for everyone I see. That’s cute!

    Larry Brown was the coach of that team and Larry Brown took the Bobcats to the playoffs. After Larry brown Iverson did what, exactly? Right system can make you win a championship, and make a ball hog a better player!

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