Jim Boeheim: Carmelo Anthony ‘wants a place he can win’
"He wants a place he can win," Boeheim told the Daily News Friday. "And I hope he can do that. He’s in the prime of his career. He’d be a great foundation to build a franchise on."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Of course, Carmelo Anthony wants a place he can win.
He just wants to win on his terms. This means playing out east, preferably for a sexy franchise, and with a superstar pal or two.
If winning was the be all and end all, Anthony would give greater consideration to staying put. After all, the Denver Nuggets qualified for the 2009 Western Conference Finals.
In Denver, he’d steer clear of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, the Miami Heat, and the revamped Eastern Conference. In Denver, he has table-setter and former NBA Finals MVP in Chauncey Billups.
Separating fact from fiction is impossible with ‘Melo. On media day, he publicly stated he never asked the Nuggets for a trade -despite well-placed and reliable sources saying otherwise.
Anthony has also told reporters this is a ‘basketball decision’. MTV reporter and semi-celebrity LaLa Vasquez, Anthony’s better-half, has a different take. She’d prefer a major market like New York or Los Angeles over Denver or Houston.
One conclusion can be made: Anthony gets it. He understands this is a public relations exercise. While he hasn’t handled things perfectly, he has been better than fellow superstar LeBron James.
So expect Anthony and his people to continue talking about ‘winning’ and ‘basketball’, even if it’s one part of where he ends up.
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