Category Archives: SU Basketball Alumni

The Orange Empire Extends It’s Tenticles To Detroit

Last night the citizens of Detroit voted for a new head of their city. And these wise citizens elected the greatest of all Syracuse greats, Dave Bing as their mayor. This is the second best thing to happen in Detroit this year (the first being UConn losing in the Final Four).

In all seriousness Bing has a tough road ahead of him. The last mayor resigned and later went to jail for lying in a civil trial regarding an affair with a staffer. Not only that, but apparently the Detroit economy is having a bit of a rough patch. I believe it was in the papers.

By far the best quote about this election:

“I don’t like either one; it’s like tossing a coin. But I’ll give Bing a chance,” Bonnie Brookslee, 78, said after voting.

This sounds like the point guard situation for SU next season. Are we sure Bonnie Brookslee isn’t really Jim Boeheim?

So Syracuse now can claim both the Mayor of Detroit and the Vice-Presidency as it’s own. Maybe if our favorite lawyer/blogger gets his act together, he can take over the vacant seat on the Supreme Court.

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Generic Thanksgiving Post

It’s that time of year again. No, not the time for you to go home for a few days and get hammered drunk with your friends on a Wednesday night while running into every person you ever went to high school with and having awkward forced conversations with people you haven’t seen in 5 years. It’s actually the time for sports journalists to write generic “What I’m thankful for this year” columns. And since I’m as unoriginal and unimaginitive as all of them (even though I’m not even close to being a journalist-in case you were confused), here is my list of “What I’m thankful for as a Syracuse fan”. Enjoy.

I’m thankful for the Marvins-Harrison and Graves-for being the first players I watched in person that made me say “Wow”. I’m thankful that the first game I went to was Oklahoma in 1994, and I’m also thankful I didn’t even remember what the outcome was until I looked it up this morning (now I’m kind of sad). I’m thankful for Otto still being around. Being the Wolfpack would have been lame.

Maybe the greatest thing to be thankful for in Orange history...

Maybe the greatest thing to be thankful for in Orange history...

I’m thankful for the 1998 football season, even the Tennessee and Florida losses. That team was fun to watch and frankly the best I’ve ever seen in person. I’m thankful that Donovan McNabb stayed for his senior year and gave us “The Puke Drive“. Watching him was pure bliss.

I’m thankful for players like Kirby Dar-Dar, Pat Woodcock, Quinton Spotwood and Sir Mawn Wilson for having hillarious sounding names. I’m also thankful for all the good players we’ve had: Dwight Freeney, Kevin Johnson, Rob Konrad, Walter Reyes, Keith Bulluck, Donovan Darius, Tebucky Jones and others too many to name.

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m thankful for the Troy Nunes era. As well as the R.J. Anderson era. But not the Perry Patterson era.

I’m very thankful for Sunday November 16th, 2008. I’m also thankful that Curtis Brinkley, Arthur Jones and the rest of this year’s football team never gave up. And I’m thankful for our win over Notre Dame. Fuck Notre Dame.

I’m thankful for James Arthur Boeheim (as well as Juli Boeheim). I’m thankful for the 1996 Final Four run and John Wallace. I’m thankful for Lawrence Moten and his socks (which made me wear high socks throughout my undistinguished 7th-10th grade basketball career). I’m thankful for  point guards like Sherman Douglas, Pearl Washington, Jason Hart, Laz Sims and Allen Griffin. I’m thankful for the 2000 team (one of my all-time favorites) with Hart, Damone Brown, Ryan Blackwell and Etan Thomas.

I’m thankful for Billy Celuck, Craig Forth and Jeremy McNeil, for making me appreciate Etan Thomas, Otis Hill and Arinze Onuaku. I’m also thankful for Josh Pace’s floater, Hakim Warrick’s dunks, Gerry McNammara’s threes, and Jesse’s story about Keuth Duany.

I’m thankful for Syracuse 81-Kansas 78. I’m thankful for The Block and Kansas’ inability to make free throws. I’m thankful for Gerry McNammara and his run through the Big East Tournament.

I’m thankful for Carmelo K. Anthony.

I’m thankful for Jonny Flynn being the fastest player I’ve seen in an Orange uniform. I’m thankful for Paul Harris being the best defensive back on campus, Devo never shutting up, Onuaku’s development, Andy Rautins faux-hawk and The Waffle.

I’m thankful for the 300 level football season tickets my father has had for over a decade. My brother and I went to countless games and always had a blast. I’m also thankful we moved from our 100 level seats behind the endzone opposite the band. We had the bad luck to sit next to a fan that looked like what my brother and I imagined Hitler would look like if he didn’t kill himself, relocated to central New York and decided to scream at Paul Pasquloni every Saturday. Scared the living shit out of me.

I’m thankful for my grandma bringing me the Post-Standard’s basketball preview every Thanksgiving. I’ll be sad when I don’t get it this year.

I’m thankful for the other blogs that provide great content and make me laugh on a daily basis (they are all on the right hand side of the page. Please read them as they are better than me and post much more frequently). I’m also thankful that Bud Poliquin is a cranky old bastard (and to an extent, Donnie Webb). I am thankful for the coverage Mike Waters and Donna Ditota (as well as Kim Baxter before she left) provide on Syracuse.com.

I’m thankful for the Carrier Dome and the countless number of car accidents I’ve almost caused on 81 while staring at it.

Lastly, I’m thankful for sports. Without you, myself (and I’m guessing anyone reading) would have a lot less fun and would probably have to care about our families, friends and pesky little things like world peace and solving the energy crisis a little more. Thanks for being an escape from everyday life. Except when my teams lose. Then I fucking hate you.

Canada Takes Early 2-0 Lead, USA Closes With 120-63 Run

Tonight Team USA dominated Canada 120-65 in an Olympic tuneup. Carmelo Anthony helped lead the way with 20 points on 7-12 shooting and grabbing 6 rebounds. Carmelo played well on the offensive glass, getting three easy put-backs in the lane off of his teammates shots.

It was a very uneventful evening for current SU player Andy Rautins: 16 minutes, 0 FG attempts, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls. On the plus side he left the game with all of his knee ligaments intact. Rautins ran a little bit of point gaurd tonight for his dad’s squad, but it didn’t seem to matter: Canada committed 25 turnovers that led to 43 US points.

The US was running whenever they got a rebound or steal. Jason Kidd threw a nice full court pass to Carmelo, who in turn dished to Chris Bosh for a nice dunk. The US was a little sloppy in their own right, committing 19 turnovers. They were almost a bit too unselfish-sometimes passing once more than needed. But I’m sure they’ll pick up their play leading into Beijing.

Carmelo Seems Ready For Beijing

Carmelo Anthony hopes to lead the U.S. to gold in Beijing.

Carmelo Anthony hopes to lead the U.S. to gold in Beijing.

Since Syracuse football has brought no joy to any fan of the Orange recently, I’ll add another post about a former Orange hoopster. Scoop Jackson of ESPN.com has an interesting interview with Carmelo Anthony. Melo speaks on the upcoming Beijing Olympics and the debacle that was the 2004 Olympic team (including Larry Brown leaving Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the bench for most of the tournament). One point that struck me was something I’ve heard other people say before about Melo’s play during FIBA competition: that Melo seems more comfortable or better suited for the international game than the NBA. Here was his response:

    Personally, I try to play wherever they need me to play, and that over the years has been to my advantage. I can play down low. I can play up top, where I can play off the dribble or hit the outside shot.

Melo does have a great inside-outside game that fits in well in international play. He can utilize his size against smaller defenders or draw bigger defenders to the outside with the threat of his three point shooting. He also seems to play better with the more physical defense that characterizes international play.

Here was his response to the question if the international game is easier for him than the NBA:

    It’s easier from the standpoint that I don’t have to try to go out there and do too much, which I sometimes do. It’s easier for me to let the game just come to me. You know, knock a shot down when I’m open, and just getting open shots. Like I said, I’m out there with Bron, Kobe, Jason Kidd and all those other guys. At the end of the day, someone is supposed to be open.

Valid point. I would agree it is easier to play with the likes of LeBron, Kobe Bryant and Jason Kidd than Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin and Marcus Camby. Not that those three are bad players, but the supporting cast for team USA is much greater. If it wasn’t, we could just send last year’s Nuggets (minus the likes of Nene, Linas Kleiza and Eduardo Najera) and a few other players to China.

Without a doubt Carmelo has been impressive during his men’s national team career. He lead the team in scoring leading up to the Athens games in 2004. He was the co-captain of the 2006 FIBA World Championship team and averaged 19.9 points per game. He improved even more during the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship. In nine games, he led the team in scoring with 21.2 points per game. Carmelo was the leading scorer in six of the nine games he played in. He finished one tenth of a rebound beind team leader Dwight Howard, averaging 5.2 per game. The biggest thing he brought to the table was his outside shooting. One of teams biggest weekends going into the Olympics is a lack of pure outside shooters. Michael Redd is the only legitamate outside shooter on the team. There are many players who can hit outside shots (LeBron made 62% in 2007, Kobe 45%) but Redd is on the team purely for his outside game (64 out of his 100 shots in 07 were threes). In 2007 Carmelo was second behind Redd in 3-pointers made (26) and second behind LeBron in 3-pt percentage (57.8%).

I know one of my favorite sports memories was watching the original Dream Team dominate in Barcelona in 1992. It was painful to watch the 2004 team get embarassed in Athens. The rest of the world has caught up to America on the basketball court. And while Coach K, Jerry Collangelo and our own Jim Boeheim have improved the state of USA Basketball, if the 2008 team is going to win gold Carmelo will have to continue his strong performace from previous international competitions. Team USA battles Canada (and current Orange sharpshooter Andy Rautins) on Friday.

Jason Hart To Back Up Different Star Point Gaurd Next Season

McNabb, Hart, Pace...anyone else? Nope?

The Legend of 5: McNabb, Hart, Pace...anyone else? Nope?

I’ll try to limit the commas today.

Former Cuse PG Jason Hart is heading back to the Los Angeles Clippers after being dealt from the Jazz yesterday for Brevin Knight. Hart will now be backing up the Clippers big free agent signee, Baron Davis.

Hart struggled in Utah this season with averages of 2.9 points and 1.5 assists in 57 games. He is returning to his hometown, which also happens to be the place of his greatest NBA success. After joining the Clippers towards the end of the 2007 season, Hart started in 22 games and averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 assists. The Clippers fell two games shy of the 8th spot in the West.

Hopefully for Hart this return will give him some more playing time and better numbers. Hart was one of my favorite players during his time with the Orange. Here’s hoping he’ll get more run in LA.