Jim Boeheim Rips Knicks Players, Defends Carmelo Anthony

Jim Boeheim loves Carmelo Anthony like a son, so it’s not shock that Boeheim feels the need to stick up for his former Syracuse star anytime he feels like Anthony is wrong criticized.

The New York Post is reporting that Boeheim took to the Syracuse Post-Standard to blast almost every Knicks player except Anthony.

, Boeheim ripped Tyson Chandler,  point guards Raymond Felton and Pablo Prigioni and even coach Mike Woodson while trying to defend Anthony.

Boeheim was asked if Anthony can lead the Knicks as constructed to an NBA title, and Boeheim told the paper.

“Not on that team.He did what he can do. He played very well the final game. Everybody’s killing him but Tyson Chandler just didn’t try to catch the ball. He threw him the ball and Tyson Chandler went like this” and the paper said Boeheim dodged in his chair.

[Tyson] was wide open,’’ Boeheim added. “He should have been looking for the ball right here. Kenyon Martin should have been looking for the ball. They both went like this [Boeheim dodged again]. Carmelo gets turnovers and the announcers aren’t smart enough to even think, ‘Well, the guy should try to catch the ball.’

“Tyson Chandler claims he never gets the ball,’’ Boeheim continued.” He doesn’t try to get the ball. He had two points and Hibbert had [21].’’

Boeheim didn’t let up his onslaught their either. While speaking in the building Carmelo Anthony helped pay for, the Syracuse coach says he watches most of the Knicks games on television.

“What was the difference in the series?,’’ Boeheim said. “Raymond Felton was 0-for-7. Lance Stephenson had [25] points. They’re going to blame it on Carmelo? I told him when he went to New York, ‘They’re going to blame it on you.’

“They have no chance to win,’’ Boeheim continued, according to the Syracuse daily. “Pablo Prigioni has never scored against [Team USA]. We played Argentina six or seven times in different events. He hasn’t scored against us. You have to have players to win in the NBA.”

Boeheim went on to say that  J.R. Smith and Felton “weren’t great players on their former teams, and now they’re asking them to be second and third options.”

Boeheim said the Heat have second, third and fourth options of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen and have Shane Battier, too.

“The New York Knicks have who?” Boeheim asked.

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