Jim Boeheim knows something about winning championships. More importantly, he knows something about winning a title with Carmelo Anthony on his roster, as he led the Syracuse Orange to victory during the 2003 run through March Madness.
But does he know about what it takes to win in the NBA?
He sure thinks so, as he went on Jim Rome on Showtime and told the world that 'Melo basically needs to go elsewhere in free agency, as you can see in the video below:
"I think you have to be in a place that you have a chance to win a championship. I think Carmelo loves New York, but I would tell him, 'Let's try to get some place where you can win this thing,'" says Boeheim at the end of his explanation (h/t CBS Sports' Matt Moore).
The Syracuse head coach never says explicitly that 'Melo should leave New York this offseason, using his early termination option to become a free agent one year sooner, but it's not hard to read between the lines.
There's no effort made to hide his feelings.
"Building a championship team around Melo is very challenging. He gets paid so much money, it’s difficult to fill the roster with quality pieces around him," writes Dan Feldman for NBC Sports. "And because Melo’s contributions are so scoring-centric—both when it comes to helping himself and helping teammates—he needs a strong supporting cast, especially defensively."
That's not going to happen in New York.
The Knicks don't have the right supporting cast in place right now; they're capped out for next year, and it's unlikely they'll be able to surround an aging 'Melo with enough talent when things finally open up in 2015-16.
Why would he stay?
Boeheim makes a valid point that superstars are the owners of legacies that are largely based on championships, pointing to LeBron James as an example. It's the perfect player for him to use in support of his point, as the narrative has completely shifted in only a few championship-winning seasons.
A few years ago, LeBron supporters tended to scoff at the notion that Kobe Bryant was superior because he owned more rings than the Miami Heat superstar; this season, many have been using the same argument as an explanation for LeBron continuing to stand above Kevin Durant.
Anthony isn't LeBron, but he needs to pretend he is.
Listening to his old coach worked for him in the past, and—assuming he still prioritizes winning championships—he needs to do so once more at the end of the 2013-14 campaign.
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