Coach Jim Boeheim in lockstep with Carmelo’s PR team


Coach Jim Boeheim has Melo’s back. The former Syracuse star won a national championship for his coach back in the day, and his coach is supportive of the star as rumors continue to swirl about his eventual destination. There’s a subtext in his comments that deserves consideration. Let’s go to the tape, New York Daily News.

(Before we begin, let’s be clear. This is from New York media, which, during the Melo saga, just like with the LeBron saga, has pretty much entirely published material which supports the idea of a player switching teams. Just take it with a grain of salt.)

“He wants a place he can win,” Boeheim told the Daily News Friday. “And I hope he can do that. He’s in the prime of his career. He’d be a great foundation to build a franchise on.”

Not to read too much into it, but that’s certainly not sounding like Denver is really an option. Since they’re already building a franchise around him. This doesn’t help much, either:

He can help a team win a championship but you can’t do it by yourself.”

Right. He’s all alone. With Chauncey Billups, Nene, Kenyon Martin, J.R. Smith, and Ty Lawson. There’s also this:

“I’d tell him to try to get the best chance to be good – whether that’s with young players, with draft picks or what kind of players that team can get together”

Not exactly the Nuggets. And that’s clearly the idea of another place.

Boeheim says he hasn’t talked to Anthony, which you have to consider to be pretty unlikely, but we’ll take him at his word for right now. The problem is that this is yet another lingering element which leads Anthony away from Denver. The season is two weeks away, and Anthony has yet to sign that extension. Whatever your thoughts on Anthony’s value as a franchise player or whether the trade talks are overblown, the elements in play continue to point to Anthony leaving Denver. And that could have dramatic effects on this NBA season.

Magic’s Aaron Gordon puts on show in preseason debut

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Aaron Gordon had been brought back slowly by the Orlando Magic after having surgery on his jaw back in July (an injury he got “horsing around” with his family, not in Summer League). But Tuesday night he was ready and made his preseason debut.

And he put on a show, scoring 10 points and displaying his athleticism.

Gordon threw down the dunk off the impressive bounce pass from Mario Hezonja.

Later, he showed some hangtime on this reverse layup.

The Magic are going to be entertaining to watch this season.

Report: Lamar Odom found unconscious, taken to Las Vegas hospital

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UPDATE 11:03 pm: This is the press release on the situation from the Nye County Sherriff Department, which responded to the call. It confirms the key details from the original report:

At approximately 3:15 pm on October 13, 2015, a call came into the Nye County Dispatch Center from Richard Hunter, Media Director for Dennis Hof’s Bunny Ranch, requesting an ambulance for an unresponsive male experiencing a medical emergency at the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, approximately twenty miles north of Pahrump, Nevada in Nye County.

An ambulance from Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Service arrived at 3:34 pm and the patient, identified as Lamar Odom was stabilized and transported to Desert View Hospital arriving at 4:16 pm. Nye County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Cory Fowles and Michael Eisenloffel arrived and conducted an investigation on scene.

After being treated by the physicians, arrangements were made to transport him by Mercy Air helicopter. However, Mr. Odom was unable to be transported by air due to his stature. He was immediately transported by Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Ambulance to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada for further treatment.

9: 51 pm: Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.

Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.

Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.

Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.

Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.

While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.

We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.