Orange Watch: Carmelo Anthony has become Syracuse’s NBA co-ironman – The Juice Online

November 6, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Former Syracuse Orange forward Carmelo Anthony cheers from the sidelines as the Orange lost to Virginia 48-34. Mandatory Credit: Kicia Sears, The Juice Online.

Item: Currently in its 18th season and runner-up with the Portland Trailblazers, the only season Orange phenomenon to lead the 2002-03 national championship team and subsequent practice facility benefactor has fellow former SU standout Danny Schayes (1982- 1999) for the longest NBA-matched career of a former Syracuse player.

As time flies by division, both Anthony and the player picked two places for him in the 2003 NBA draft (remember Darko Milicic?), Someone named LeBron James are the only active players to have played 18 seasons . The NBA record is played by Vince Carter for 22 seasons in 2019-2020.

The chance that Anthony will catch Carter by playing four more seasons seems slim. He currently (as of February 15) plays an average of 13.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg and plays in 24-of-25 Blazers games, starting once, but generally comes off the couch as the SF behind the fifth-year veteran Derrick Jones Jr.

Portland is probably the fifth and final stop in Anthony’s amazing career. It started in Denver as the # 3 overall pick in 2003 and ended eight years later when the two sides couldn’t agree on a contract extension, resulting in the blockbuster 2011 trade with the New York Knicks that ultimately involved nine players.

Chapter two of “ Melo in New York ” was a 2017 soap opera story with public spats featuring his first Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni and then general manager Phil Jackson before being unceremoniously assigned to Oklahoma City for a misguided 2017-18 season. Likewise, the following year saw Anthony fall into a bad landing spot for just 10 games with the Houston Rockets, before reinventing his current game in Portland.

The 6’11 ”Schayes, with Hall of Fame genes from his father Dolph, had a completely opposite college career than Anthony.

Schayes rose from a tall and lanky local high school star in Jamesville-Dewitt, to work her way up in three seasons under the tutelage of Jim Boeheim and Bernie Fine, and became Syracuse’s starting center in the Dome’s first year and No. design pick (13th overall) of the Utah Jazz in 1981.

Paring his height and smart experience, Schayes refined his athleticism to a long NBA tenure, eventually with six other teams, averaging 7.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 1,138 games.

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A few weeks ago, our sports fact-of-the-day calendar showed what happened on January 24, 2014 in the NBA:

Carmelo Anthony explodes for 62 points to lead the New York Knicks to a 125-96 hammer of the Charlotte Bobcats at Madison Square Garden. Anthony goes 23-for-35 on field goals, including 5-for-11 from three-point range, and is perfect after 10 free throws. He also pulls down 13 rebounds, and one of his three-pointers is a dent from the middle half at the half-time buzzer. Coach Mike Woodson eliminates Anthony with 7:24 to go. “

That match seven years ago capsized future Hall-of-Fame-bound Anthony’s now nearly twenty-year career. A brilliant talent who could explode in any game and show in his prime who was the best player on the field.

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