Seems like a long time ago now, but in 2003 Carmelo Anthony led the Syracuse Orange to a National Championship. The coach? You guessed it.
Whatever the level of truth is behind Carmelo Anthony running Mike D'Antoni out of town (I don't believe he was the sole reason D'Antoni stepped down, but it's hard to believe he wasn't some part of it), if the Knicks bring in Boeheim, at least Carmelo would be happy.
The feeling is mutual, too. When Boeheim was asked if Carmelo could co-exist with Jeremy Lin during the height of Linsanity, Boeheim responded:
"For somebody to assert that Carmelo Anthony can't play with somebody it's the most ridiculous thing that I've ever heard. I've heard a few now, but of all the statements I've ever heard that's the most ridiculous."
He also stated:
"We won a national championship, he had 10 points in a game on the way to the Final Four and was the happiest guy in the locker room after the game. He's won a gold medal in the Olympics when he was playing with Kobe (Bryant) and LeBron (James) and all those guys and he fit in just like a glove. So, I don't see any question that when Carmelo comes back he will help the Knicks get better."
(Quotes are courtesy of Katie Cramer's blog post titled, "Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says it's 'ridiculous' to say Carmelo Anthony can't play with Jeremy Lin." You can read her full story and follow her blog here.)
Can a team win a championship with Carmelo Anthony? Boeheim is the only coach in America who can answer yes and give legitimate evidence.