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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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