Carmelo Anthony said Friday that he wants to talk to Jim Boeheim, his former coach at Syracuse, and read his soon-to-be-released book before deciding whether to be upset that Boeheim published Anthony's freshman grades.
Anthony led the Orange to an NCAA championship in 2002-03, his lone year in college before heading to the NBA. In his new book, "Bleeding Orange," Boeheim reveals that Anthony had four Cs and one D in his first semester at the school.
"It's hard for me to converse about. I don't know what was said," Anthony said. "I haven't seen my grades in 12, 13 years."
Anthony will get a chance to talk to his former coach Tuesday when the Knicks face the 76ers in a preseason game at Syracuse's Carrier Dome.
Anthony has maintained a close relationship with Boeheim and Syracuse despite attending the school for only one year. He donated $3 million to the school to help build the Carmelo Anthony Center, a world-class practice facility for the men's and women's teams.
In his book, Boeheim says he believes that if Syracuse hadn't won the championship, Anthony would have come back. Anthony said that's "true, absolutely."
"I did not know [I was coming out] until after we won the championship," he said. "Even at that point, I still went in there and had a conversation with him about trying to figure out how to come back . . . I didn't really want to leave, I was having so much fun. It wasn't until he told me to pack my bags and get on out of there that [I knew] . . . From a basketball standpoint, there wasn't much more for me to accomplish."
Notes & quotes: Anthony joined LeBron James in saying that NBA players might want to ready themselves for another lockout after the 2016-17 season. This time, he said, he doesn't think the owners can complain that they are losing money. "Oh, they don't have that problem right now," Anthony said in reference to the new television contract, reportedly worth about $2.66 billion. The players and owners both can opt out of the contract after the 2016-17 season . . . Iman Shumpert, who missed the Knicks' preseason opener with a hamstring injury, should be available Saturday night, coach Derek Fisher said . . . Fisher said he could try a new lineup but declined to give any details.