Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said Carmelo Anthony likes it in New York, but he should consider his legacy before signing his next contract.
Boeheim, Anthony's coach for one season at Syracuse and as an assistant on the U.S. National Team, said on ESPN Radio Wednesday that Anthony should play for a team that can win it all. "The problem in the NBA, you're judged on winning championships," Boeheim said. "He's got to try to go and play where they can win a championship or else he's going to be a failure. That's the bottom line."
Anthony has said he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July. The Knicks can offer him about $34 million more than any other team. Boeheim didn't rule out Anthony re-signing, but suggested the Knicks have to make some moves to keep him. "In my opinion, everybody I've seen win an NBA championship had a great player playing with them," Boeheim said. "I think Carmelo wants to play in New York. He wanted to come there. I think he likes playing in New York. I think he would stay in New York if he's got a chance to win."
Kenyon Martin's troublesome left ankle will keep him out until after the All-Star break. Martin said surgery hasn't been discussed, but he's in a walking boot and there's no timetable for his return. Martin, who already has seen an ankle and foot specialist, said he's been playing in pain for a while.
Woodson will play Amar'e more
Mike Woodson read that Amar'e Stoudemire said he wants to play more and had no issue with it. He said Stoudemire would play more, but he doesn't want him to get reinjured. Stoudemire returned two games ago after missing seven with a sprained ankle.
Carmelo Anthony, who scored a franchise-record 62 points Jan. 24 against Charlotte, was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month.