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Carmelo Anthony Gave Syracuse Players a Pump-up Speech Before Terrible Performance in Season Opener

SYRACUSE, NY - NOVEMBER 06:  Syracuse Orange basketball alum Carmelo Anthony waves to the crowd prior to the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at the Carrier Dome on November 6, 2019 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
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The Syracuse Orange took the floor for their season opener Wednesday night in an ACC battle against No. 11 Virginia.

Right before heading out to the court, former Syracuse basketball legend, Carmelo Anthony, gave an inspirational speech to pump up his guys.

The team was super fired up after Melo's motivation, so you'd expect them to go out there and put on a show, right? Instead, they did the exact opposite.

Yikes. The Orange scored an abysmal 34 points on 24 percent shooting. Melo, a known go-to scorer back in college and also the NBA, couldn't have been happy with the putrid offensive performance from his former team. This is a guy who averaged a tick over 22 points-per-game is his lone season with the Orange.

To put it in even worse perspective, UNC freshman Cole Anthony scored as many points as the whole team in his season debut for the Heels against Notre Dame.

While Melo is still looking for a long-term gig in the NBA in hopes of closing his career in respectful fashion, Anthony's pregame pep talk definitely didn't do the job for Cuse. While ironic, it's impossible to blame Anthony for such transgressions.