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Boeheim: Thibodeau 'very excited' about chance of coaching Carmelo

By James Herbert | NBA writer

More Offseason Analysis: Coaching changes, news | Free Agency | Draft

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim told the New York Post's Marc Berman that Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has talked to him about free-agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony:

Boeheim and Thibodeau were together last summer in Las Vegas during Team USA's training camp as assistant coaches for Mike Krzyzewski. Even then, Thibodeau picked Boeheim's brain on Anthony. They remain in touch as Team USA gears up for the World Championships this summer.

“I've talked to Tom about Melo, his name has come up,'' Boeheim told The Post. “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, Anthony's college coach, added that he thinks the star forward just wants to go where he can win, and that he'd like to see that happen with the New York Knicks.

The Bulls are a logical destination for Anthony, and they've been a rumored destination for months. Chicago center Joakim Noah has reportedly tried to recruit him, and the Bulls reportedly want to improve their roster "at any cost." There are reportedly seven teams chasing Anthony.

The most interesting thing here is the potential Thibodeau-Anthony partnership. As productive as he's been, there's a chance Anthony could reach another level on a great team with a great coach. If he is indeed all about winning, you'd think he would be equally excited to buy into Thibodeau's system.
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