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The Other Decision

Jul 11, 2014 -- 10:25am

Syracuse fans indifferent to Melo's career... You aren't Syracuse fans.

By Chris McManus

Maybe I have misread, but it seems to me that sports fans here don't have a lot of time for Carmelo Anthony’s NBA adventure.  There’s even some animosity toward a player whose national perception includes descriptions like “not a winner” and “selfish.”  But before you cast aside one of the five best basketball players on the planet, ask yourself this:  Where would Syracuse basketball be without Carmelo Anthony?

He’s THE guy who got it done in March.  A program with a reputation of falling short in the tournament has gone all the way only once.  Without him, the ’03 team is a good, scrappy, lovable bunch of players who don’t have nearly enough firepower to knockout the top teams like Texas and Kansas.  Without him, Syracuse is a consistent program with a great coach, but it doesn’t belong in today’s discussion with Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and UNC.  Without him, the program’s achievements are more comparable with Illinois than with UConn.

Without him, there’s no “Carmelo K Anthony Center” as a tangible representation to recruits of the school’s commitment to their goals.  In an era where the 10 best high school players every year all want to go one-and-done, Melo is the all-time king of the one-and-done.  He made Syracuse an option, a great option, for the best players in today’s era.

Why do you think Jim Boeheim takes a couple days every year for national media tours to defend one of his players from ten years ago?  The firestorm rains down on Anthony every time he’s eliminated from the playoffs, and every time, there’s Jim Boeheim with his machete pointed toward Carmelo’s teammates, reporters, and sports talk radio hosts.  Anthony’s reputation is VITAL to the program.  His position as an NBA superstar makes that new basketball center weigh a thousand tons.  If Carmelo were ever to lead a team to an NBA championship…

So now, the hero and savior of modern SU hoops is under fire.  He hasn’t yet been to the NBA Finals.  He hasn't yet proven he can do a whole lot more than score.  This contract, this decision, is his last shot.  He has a few different options; all are far from guarantees of a shot at the top.  But here’s something to chew on:

Three of the most prominent, storied franchises in pro sports (Lakers, Bulls, and Knicks) are moving heaven and earth to make room for “the selfish ballhog” from Syracuse who “isn’t good enough to lead a team to a championship.”  Phil Jackson (ya know, 11 freaking rings with JORDAN and KOBE as his pillars) has caved on his negotiations with Carmelo.  He wanted Melo to opt in.  He opted out.  He wanted Melo to take a pay cut.  Now, push and shove have come together, and Phil is ready to obliterate the Knicks salary cap to sign Anthony to 130 million dollars through age 35.

Why would Phil do that? 

Some would say he needs the Knicks to at least “stay relevant.” 

Stay relevant?  Phil Jackson?

He was smoking peyote in the desert 6 months ago.  He gets his fortune from James Dolan no matter how “relevant” the Knicks are.  He and Red Auerbach are Chapter One of any book of basketball coaches for the rest of time.  Stay relevant?  Please.

Phil is competitive.  Phil is gunning to bring a championship to New York.  And the guy who has built 11 championships around two of the greatest players the game has ever seen considers the “selfish ballhog from Syracuse” his best shot at doing it again.  He’s got a model: Build around a guy that no one has an answer for.  He just offered Melo 130 million.

Carmelo has a chance, whether with Phil Jackson or Derrick Rose, to make Syracuse the school that produced one of the all-time greats.  If you don’t think Melo’s decision matters… If you don’t think his career matters… If you’ve sold him down the river because “he’s not a winner,” please check your orange t-shirt at the door.

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The Other Decision

Jul 11, 2014 -- 10:11am

Syracuse Fans Indifferent to Melo's Career... You aren't Syracuse Fans

Maybe I have misread, but it seems to me that sports fans here don't have a lot of time for Carmelo Anthony’s NBA adventure.  There’s even some animosity toward a player whose national perception includes descriptions like “not a winner” and “selfish.”  But before you cast aside one of the five best basketball players on the planet, ask yourself this:  Where would Syracuse basketball be without Carmelo Anthony?

He’s THE guy who got it done in March.  A program with a reputation of falling short in the tournament has gone all the way only once.  Without him, the ’03 team is a good, scrappy, lovable bunch of players who don’t have nearly enough firepower to knockout the top teams like Texas and Kansas.  Without him, Syracuse is a consistent program with a great coach, but it doesn’t belong in today’s discussion with Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and UNC.  Without him, the program’s achievements are more comparable with Illinois than with UConn.

Without him, there’s no “Carmelo K Anthony Center” as a tangible representation to recruits of the school’s commitment to their goals.  In an era where the 10 best high school players every year all want to go one-and-done, Melo is the all-time king of the one-and-done.  He made Syracuse an option, a great option, for the best players in today’s era.

Why do you think Jim Boeheim takes a couple days every year for national media tours to defend one of his players from ten years ago?  The firestorm rains down on Anthony every time he’s eliminated from the playoffs, and every time, there’s Jim Boeheim with his machete pointed toward Carmelo’s teammates, reporters, and sports talk radio hosts.  Anthony’s reputation is VITAL to the program.  His position as an NBA superstar makes that new basketball center weigh a thousand tons.  If Carmelo were ever to lead a team to an NBA championship…

So now, the hero and savior of modern SU hoops is under fire.  He hasn’t yet been to the NBA Finals.  He hasn't yet proven he can do a whole lot more than score.  This contract, this decision, is his last shot.  He has a few different options; all are far from guarantees of a shot at the top.  But here’s something to chew on:

Three of the most prominent, storied franchises in pro sports (Lakers, Bulls, and Knicks) are moving heaven and earth to make room for “the selfish ballhog” from Syracuse who “isn’t good enough to lead a team to a championship.”  Phil Jackson (ya know, 11 freaking rings with JORDAN and KOBE as his pillars) has caved on his negotiations with Carmelo.  He wanted Melo to opt in.  He opted out.  He wanted Melo to take a pay cut.  Now, push and shove have come together, and Phil is ready to obliterate the Knicks salary cap to sign Anthony to 130 million dollars through age 35.

Why would Phil do that? 

Some would say he needs the Knicks to at least “stay relevant.” 

Stay relevant?  Phil Jackson?

He was smoking peyote in the desert 6 months ago.  He gets his fortune from James Dolan no matter how “relevant” the Knicks are.  He and Red Auerbach are Chapter One of any book of basketball coaches for the rest of time.  Stay relevant?  Please.

Phil is competitive.  Phil is gunning to bring a championship to New York.  And the guy who has built 11 championships around two of the greatest players the game has ever seen considers the “selfish ballhog from Syracuse” his best shot at doing it again.  He’s got a model: Build around a guy that no one has an answer for.  He just offered Melo 130 million.

Carmelo has a chance, whether with Phil Jackson or Derrick Rose, to make Syracuse the school that produced one of the all-time greats.  If you don’t think Melo’s decision matters… If you don’t think his career matters… If you’ve sold him down the river because “he’s not a winner,” please check your orange t-shirt at the door.

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