Jim Boeheim doesn’t believer his former Syracuse player Carmelo Anthony will win an NBA title
The pinnacle of success and the primary form of measurement of a great career, winning an NBA championship is the dream of every basketball player. As of this moment, it is looking more and more likely that Carmelo Anthony will join that list of aforementioned players.
At 32 years old and entering his 14th year in the league with a team that has missed the Eastern Conference playoffs the last three seasons, it is not looking great for Melo. However, the Knicks have somewhat revamped their roster, adding some notable names like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Brandon Jennings.
It’s not exactly the Dream Team but it is a good step in the right direction.
Returning from a historic Olympic Games where he set American records for points, rebounds, and games played, not to mention a record third gold medal, Carmelo Anthony has had a very respectable career. An NBA ring is one of the last accolades he has to obtain.
However, that’s not going to happen according to his former coach.
According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, Boeheim put that non-expectation on record:
“He’s unlikely to win an NBA title. 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.”
Tough words, but very true. Carmelo Anthony has always been on decent to sub-standard teams throughout his career, and this year is not different. Even if the Knicks overachieve, the absolute best outcome would be a Conference Finals where LeBron James and the Cavaliers would likely go on to the NBA Finals again.
As sad as it is to say, barring some drastic change Melo will retire without a championship ring. That is not to say that he has not had an amazing career because he certainly has. This story is just probably going to finish without a happy ending.