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Thursday / February 21.
  • ‘Melo Impressed With ‘Cuse’s Ability to Avoid Distractions

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    GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony says he’s impressed with Syracuse’s ability to shut out the Bernie Fine distractions en route to becoming No. 1 in the nation.

    “Obviously, from watching them play they are not distracted,” Anthony, who practiced for the first time since hyper-extending his left knee Monday, said Wednesday after Knicks practice. “It seems like they have no distractions. Hopefully, they can keep it that way.”

    On Tuesday, two Fine accusers, Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, initiated a lawsuit against Syracuse and head coach Jim Boeheim after Boeheim initially dismissed them as “liars” who were seeking money.

    Boeheim later retracted his comments and apologized.

    “I went up there to the game they played Florida, talked to them, tried to send some positive energy toward their way and it seems like they’re all on board, all on track,” Anthony said of a trip that happened before the lawsuit was launched.

    Anthony also texted congratulations to senior point guard Scoop Jardine after Syracuse became No. 1 on Monday, following losses by then-No. 1 Kentucky and No. 2

    Anthony led Syracuse to the NCAA title in 2003 and admits he’s openly rooting for them to win another national championship in this scandal-plagued year.

    “I think they can win it all,” Anthony said. “I’m biased, you might not agree with that. They have the talent, they have the team.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.