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Boeheim: International Play Best Fit for Carmelo Anthony

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As ridiculous as it sounds when describing a nine-time All-Star and future Hall of Famer, Carmelo Anthony has a game that may be more suited to the Olympics than the NBA. Even his college coach, Jim Boeheim, agrees with that opinion.

“He’s probably even a little better international player,” said Boeheim, a USA Basketball assistant coach.

Anthony averaged 13.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 18.4 minutes while shooting 44.6 percent from the three-point line and 53.7 percent overall in 16 Olympics games in 2008 and 2012. Most memorably, he nailed 10-of-12 threes en route to scoring 37 points in just 14 minutes against Nigeria in 2012.

According to Boeheim, the international game plays to Anthony’s strengths because it’s more offensively oriented. There are fewer shot blockers around the basket, so Anthony can finish at the hoop. The three-point line is closer.

Source: Jeff Fedotin of The Post Game

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Sources: Hornets’ Cody Zeller Undergoes Surgery, to Miss 6 Weeks

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Charlotte Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee on Tuesday, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s expected to miss six weeks.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Report: Executives Believe Rockets Have ‘real chance’ at Landing LeBron James Next Summer

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While [LeBron] James has made it clear that he won’t deliberate his uncertain future until the Cavs’ season is complete, there is strong belief in [Houston] Rockets circles that they’ll have a legitimate shot at landing the four-time MVP this summer. Rival executives also believe the Rockets will have a real chance. And once you really look at it, when you get past all the noise about the Lakers and even the compelling case for the up-and-coming Philadelphia 76ers, it makes all sorts of sense.

Source: Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports

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Report: Markelle Fultz No Longer Experiencing Shoulder Soreness

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Philadelphia 76ers rookie guard Markelle Fultz is no longer experiencing shoulder soreness and will be evaluated in three weeks, the team said Saturday.

The Sixers said Fultz will ramp up his basketball activities in the interim.

Fultz, selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has played in just four games and was shut down on Oct. 29 due to soreness in his right shoulder and a scapular muscle imbalance.

The 19-year-old has resisted jump shots while relying almost exclusively on drives to the basket. He is shooting 33 percent (9-of-27) from the floor and 50 percent (6-of-12) from the free throw line. Off the bench, he has averaged 19 minutes.

Fultz’s shooting woes have been underscored by an altered shooting motion that has made some wonder whether the shooting tweak led to the shoulder injury or the shoulder injury forced him to change his shot.

Source: ESPN

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