Jim Boeheim might have some explaining to do to Carmelo Anthony.
In his book, “Bleeding Orange,” Boeheim, for some reason, revealed Anthony’s freshman year grades at Syracuse. According to Boeheim, Anthony received four Cs and a D in the first semester of his freshman year.
"Maybe if we hadn't won the title, he would've come back," Boeheim writes, according to the Wall Street Journal. "I honestly don't know, and I don't think Carmelo knows. Carmelo did his work, went to class and never gave us any trouble. He made four C's and a D in his first semester, and if anyone wants to roll his eyes at that, plenty of freshmen who aren't carrying a basketball team on their back do a lot worse. But we couldn’t put him in for the Wooden Award because his grades weren’t good enough. Nevertheless, this much is certain: No college basketball player in America was better than freshman Carmelo Anthony over the course of the 2002-03 season.”
Anthony led Syracuse to a national championship in 2003 as a freshman. He left Syracuse for the NBA after the season and was selected No. 3 overall by the Denver Nuggets in the draft.
It’s unclear why Boeheim felt compelled to discuss Anthony’s grades publicly. He has been effusive in his praise of Anthony in the past.
There's a perception out there that all three players will be competing for time on the floor this season. But Fisher suggested Thursday that all three guards can play on the floor together.
“In our system they can all play the lead guard, they can play the off-guard, they can also play a wing position, so we won’t have a problem playing three of those guys together and to be able to do a lot of those things offensively,” Fisher said. ... Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire didn’t participate in most of the Knicks’ practice on Thursday. Both players took a rest day, according to the team. ... Jason Smith was excused from practice because his wife gave birth.
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