When considering in the benefits of a substantial up-front payment from the expansion fees (including factoring in the time value of money) and the threat of bubble in relation to team values, it would behoove the owners to reincarnate the Sonics and a second franchise. Read More. Written by Neema Hodjat on Jul 23, 2014
Jim Boeheim has talked to Tom Thibodeau about Carmelo Anthony and believes in their ability to create a successful partnership with the Chicago Bulls.
“I’ve talked to Tom about Melo, his name has come up,’’ Boeheim said on Tuesday. “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.’’
Boeheim made it clear that he hopes Anthony decides to play where he can win.
“I’d like to see him be where he can win, honestly,’’ Boeheim said. “He’s not going to get his due and credit the way the game is set up. You’re viewed almost as a failure if you don’t win championships. So I’d like to see him get where he can win. I’d like for it to be in New York but I’d like to see where he can win. I believe he wants to be where he can win.
“I think Melo loves New York. He has had a good run there but he played – I watched 60 games – I thought he played great last year. But the bottom line when they lose, he’s going to get blamed.’’
Moustapha Diagne has committed to Syracuse as a member of the 2015 class.
The 6-foot-9, 245 pound power forward chose the Orange over schools including Cincinnati, Connecticut, Kansas, and Memphis among others. He joins Franklin Howard, Tyler Lydon, and Malachi Richardson as 2015 Syracuse commits.
Every major recruiting website gives Diagne a four-star rating. He is ranked 24th in the nation by Scout.com, 28th by Rivals.com, and 29th by ESPN.com.
Tyler Ennis will leave Syracuse to declare for the NBA draft.
"I'd like to thank Coach [Jim] Boeheim, the coaching staff, my teammates and the amazing fans of Syracuse for the opportunity to play at a great university like Syracuse," Ennis said in a statement. "I feel this experience has helped prepare me to fulfill my lifelong dream – to play in the NBA."
Ennis averaged 12.9 points and 5.4 assists in his lone season at Syracuse.
Tyler Ennis has had an excellent freshman season for undefeated Syracuse, showing great instincts as a scorer and point guard.
"If you were to ask me right now whether I'd take Ennis over Kyrie Irving, I think it's Ennis," one GM said. "He does all the things that help a basketball team win basketball games. You can pick him apart on individual flaws, but I would take this kid right now and trust him to run my team. I think there's very few freshmen you could ever say that about."
Ennis is averaging 12.1 points, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.
DaJuan Coleman will miss the rest of the season due to a left leg injury that will require surgery.
"This is a tremendous disappointment, especially considering the amount of hard work DaJuan has been putting in with our basketball team," Boeheim said in a release issued by the school. "We will certainly miss his contributions."
Coleman started the first 12 games of the season, but has played just nine minutes since Dec. 20 due to nagging knee problems.
Boeheim could elect to give increased minutes to defensive-minded big men Rakeem Christmas and Baye-Moussa Keita