SU's secret Final Four weapon?
Head coach Jim Boeheim is expected to announce that the Syracuse legend will be by his side Saturday when the Orange play UNC.
Collage by Joel Silver
By Crash Mitchell
The never-say-never Syracuse Orange are going into Saturday's national semifinal game against No. 1 North Carolina as the obvious underdogs.
So Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is turning to the leader of Syracuse's other national championship team to see if he can help bring home another title.
Earlier this week Boeheim asked Carmelo Anthony to join the team as an associate head coach for the Final Four in Houston, suggesting that the NBA All-Star is just the inspiration his teams need.
"At first I was thinking, is he serious?" Anthony recalled about the conversation.
'Melo has a game on Friday night against his crosstown rival, the Brooklyn Nets. But Boeheim assured him that just arriving on game day and being on the sidelines to help coach would make all the difference.
"It could be the difference we need to win a championship," Boeheim said.
"I have some moves to show Malachi Richardson, though," Anthony said. "All the guys will be in the corner before the game, and they won't miss a shot."
In the 2003 National Championship game, Anthony scored 21 points for Syracuse to help them beat Kansas 81-78. He was named the game's Most Outstanding Player. In 2013, SU retired Anthony's No. 15 jersey.
If Syracuse beats the Tar Heels on Saturday, Anthony will have to go back to New York to play the Pacers on Sunday and then return to Houston for Monday's championship game.
"That's no problem," Anthony said. "Obviously if I can help at all with beating North Carolina I'll be back. Maybe they can teach me a thing or two."
Boeheim informed the player’s of the coaching addition Wednesday just prior to the Manley Field House pep rally.
Richardson was just as eager to meet and learn from Anthony, but after Boeheim told him what Anthony said, he had a different feeling.
"He's gotta play me one-on-one, just quick before the game Saturday, if he wants to give me advice," Richardson said. "He might be a legend but, he's old, let's see who's better now."
Some seconds went by and Richardson’s eyes came back to focus, he realized he’d had a lapse in judgement.
“Or maybe I should just focus on our own game for now.”
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