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Mar 21, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) gives the thumbs up during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Jim Boeheim says Carmelo Anthony 'always wanted to be in New York'

New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony and his impending free agency has been the biggest topic of conversation throughout the NBA season and will only ramp up once the offseason officially begins.

His college coach, Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim, believes Anthony “always wanted to be in New York.”

“I think long term he’s always wanted to be in New York,” Boeheim told “He’s built for New York. He can handle New York. If [the fans] get on him or whatever,  he still goes and plays. Some people can’t handle it. He can handle it. If they get on him, he’ll go play. I think he’s playing as well as he’s ever played.”

Boeheim did go on to say he didn’t know if there will ‘be something better for him’ in free agency.

Although the hiring of Phil Jackson likely solidifies the Knicks as the favorites to sign Anthony, he is expected to have several suitors, most notably the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets.

Anthony is having a fantastic season, averaging 28.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game this season.

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