Carmelo Anthony‘s former college coach, Syracuse great Jim Boeheim, has been asked his opinion of Melo’s free agency plenty of times.
And Boeheim knows where he thinks Anthony should have signed.
With the Chicago Bulls.
Anthony had said often that he was basing his decision on a chance to win a championship, which made re-signing with the Knicks a bit of a head scratcher.
At least Boeheim thinks so as he says Anthony the basketball player would have been better off in Chicago than re-signing in New York like he did because of the supporting cast, Boeheim told Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.
“Just from a basketball point of view it would have been better to go to Chicago because they’ve got better players,” Boeheim said. “But he wanted to be in New York and he wants to see if they can turn it around there. I think that’s a great thing.”
At the end of the day, $47 extra million from the Knicks didn’t hurt either.
Boeheim also thinks that Anthony would not have come back to New York if Phil Jackson weren’t around.
“I would think so. He stayed because he believes Phil,” Boeheim said. “Derek Fisher, he knows the game. If you’re going to pick a coach who hasn’t coached, he would be the guy I would pick. I think he’s a great choice. I talked to Derek a little bit. I think he’s really smart. I think he’ll be a really good coach. I think they’ll show significant improvement this year. If they get a couple of guys down the road, I think they’ll be good.”
At the end of the day it is hard to argue with anything Boeheim said.
The Bulls are the much better team.
But the Knicks needed Anthony and at the end of the day he needed to be in New York.
We will find out in the next couple years if Jackson’s plan, something Anthony wanted to see in place, is enough to turn this franchise around.