Jim Boeheim had some pretty harsh comments regarding Carmelo Anthony this week.
The Syracuse head coach was quoted saying that he didn’t believe Anthony would ever win an NBA championship. They were interesting comments to say the least when you consider it was Anthony who helped lead Boeheim to his only national championship ever in college back in 2003. And not to mention three straight gold medals with Team USA that Boeheim has also been a part of in an assistant role.
As is protocol these days, Boeheim’s claiming that his comments were taken somewhat out of context, tweeting “Some have misinterpreted my comments regarding Carmelo. He’s made every team he’s been on better. It’s very difficult to win an NBA title.”
Some have misinterpreted my comments regarding Carmelo. He's made every team he's been on better. It's very difficult to win an NBA title.
— Jim Boeheim (@therealboeheim) August 24, 2016
Boeheim doesn’t exactly go the entire other direction and say he now believes Anthony will win a title. He really was more critical of the teams Anthony has been on than Anthony himself in the first place anyway.
And let’s also remember that it isn’t crazy to suggest Anthony will never win a title. The closest he got was the Western Conference Finals with the Denver Nuggets back in the 2008-09 season. Since then, he hasn’t gotten the Knicks past the second round of the playoffs. Not all on Anthony, but not like he’s knocking on the door of the NBA Finals every year.
The Knicks aren’t competing for a title anytime soon either. The best bet for Anthony bringing home some hardware at the end of the NBA season is if Team Banana Boat ever comes to fruition and Anthony gets to team up with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul. Even then though, it’s a long shot Anthony ever gets a ring.
Boeheim obviously thinks highly of Anthony and appreciates what a great player he is. The comments didn’t come off as very supportive, but at the end of the day, Boeheim probably won’t be wrong.