Jim Boeheim said today that former Syracuse star Carmelo Anthony simply needs a better supporting cast around him to succeed in New York. I love Carmelo as a scorer and I respect Jim Boeheim as a coach, but that’s not all Carmelo needs. Carmelo also needs to learn how to play defense, how to pass at the right time and how to get his shooting percentage up. The Knicks roster is not void of additional talent. It is however completely void of a selfless team oriented scorer who makes his teammates better.
The ironic thing? That’s exactly what Carmelo Anthony was at Syracuse for one season, leading the Orange to a 30-5 record and the 2002-03 NCAA Men’s Championship. Perhaps that’s the Carmelo that Boeheim still sees in his head. The fact of the matter is, since he started getting paychecks in the NBA, that Carmelo is long gone. Melo must contribute in other ways to help his team win.
Kobe Bryant catches similar heat for shooting too much. Thusly, people tend to compare Melo with Kobe. There is no comparison. Kobe plays on both ends of the floor. He is a lockdown defender and he has a chip on his shoulder that wills his teams to victory. If Carmelo Anthony had half of Bryant’s determination and work ethic, we’d be comparing him to LeBron James. Lets be real on both counts though, Carmelo is ring-less, so comparing him to any of today’s Champions is ludicrous.
Maybe the Knicks should just hire Jim Boeheim. Next, they should pick up the phone and call Hakim Warrick, Gerry McNamara, Kueth Duany and Billy Edelin and sign them up. After they do that they should check with Doc Brown and Marty McFly to see if one of them still has the Flux Capacitor. Without a Delorean, Carmelo will never be the player in the NBA that Jim Boeheim still thinks he is.