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Syracuse’ Jim Boeheim Spoke with Chicago Bulls’ Tom Thibodeau About New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony

July 5th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
By Matt Agne

The Chicago Bulls have not beaten around the bush about their desire to add New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony to their squad. They've publicly tampered with him repeatedly and without remorse. Recently, Anthony's former college coach Jim Boeheim talked to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau about possibly coaching Anthony.

'Trevor Ariza, Carmelo Anthony' photo (c) 2013, Keith Allison - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Jim Boeheim has been nothing but supportive of his former Syracuse players. And there's no former player he's more close to than Carmelo Anthony. When Boeheim talks about Anthony people listen. The newest person listening to Boeheim about Anthony is Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

Marc Berman of the New York Post reports that Boeheim believes Anthony and Thibodeau could make a good combination.

“I’ve talked to Tom about Melo, his name has come up,’’ Boeheim told The Post. “I think Tom is very excited about the possibility of getting Carmelo. He likes him. He likes how he plays. He feels he’s coachable. I think Tom Thibodeau is one of the better coaches in the NBA. Carmelo would be happy playing for him. It would be a good fit — the coach-player relationship.’’

However, Boeheim also maintains that he doesn't know what decision Anthony will make as a free agent. He could stay in New York or he could find a new home. Boeheim is as much in the dark on this as anybody.

“How do you pick a place to go? You look at Chicago. Looks good, but how is Derrick Rose going to be?” Boeheim said. “Is he going to be healthy? That makes a helluva difference.’’

“With the Knicks, how long does it take?’’ Boeheim said. “Melo has three, four prime years left. If something didn’t happen this year, next year for some reason they don’t get a couple of quality guys, now what do you do? It’s tough figuring out what to do. It’s not easy for him.’’

Quite frankly, there's plenty of other teams being mentioned in the Anthony sweepstakes. However, it seems more and more like it will come down to either New York or Chicago. The chances still remain very high that he re-signs and retires in a Knicks uniform. However, the lure of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah may be too much for Anthony to resist.

If you're a betting man you're safer putting your money on Anthony staying with the Knicks. However, it's a bad sign when him close friend, coach and mentor is talking to the home state's biggest rivalry to gain his services.

What Anthony decides will likely set the market for Kevin Love and the rest of the top free agents. His decision will effect many franchises moving forward.

It will be interesting to see what his choice will be. Is Boeheim talking to Anthony's future coach? Only time will tell. For now, it doesn't really matter who Boeheim is talking to. It matters who Anthony ends up talking to about a contract.

Phil Jackson would like Anthony to take less then the maximum and re-sign with the Knicks so they have more flexibility moving forward with the cap. However, recently Jackson's sounded much more open to paying Anthony what it took to keep him in town. In the end, it's all talk. Talk is cheap. However, Anthony likely won't be.

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Tags: Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Chicago Bulls, Jim Boeheim, NBA, New York, New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, Tom Thibodeau

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