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

by May 21, 2013

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.'”