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Jim Boeheim: After coaching LeBron, I’m not sure Michael Jordan is the best

The past several months have been very good to LeBron James. Simply put, his legacy has been completely transformed. LeBron put any talk about not being able to win a championship to rest and capped off an amazing summer with a gold medal in London. Since he is still only 27 years old, there is no telling how many more rings James can win now that the monkey is off his back.

Most would argue that LeBron doesn’t deserve to be mentioned in the same discussion as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant until he at least has multiple championships. However, one of his Team USA coaches feels King James is already there.

“He’s a leader,” Jim Boeheim told Colin Cowherd according to The Big Lead. “He gets on the court, he tells people what to do … this guy can guard five (positions) … put him on anybody, he can guard him. I always felt Michael Jordan was the best player I’ve ever seen. I didn’t think it was close and I’m not so sure anymore. This guy is 6-9, 260 pounds and he’s getting better. I know we’ve had great, great players through the years. He’s like Magic Johnson with Michael Jordan-type skills as well.”

LeBron is coming off an NBA MVP award and a Finals MVP award. He was also an integral part of Team USA’s return to basketball world dominance, so it’s easy to get wrapped up in the moment if you’re Boeheim. Kobe was right when he said winning one ring won’t be enough for James, and I’m sure LeBron is well aware of that.

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Jim Boeheim: Charles Barkley is an idiot

When the 2012 NCAA tournament comes to a close, many of us will remember it as the year of the lane violation. You can go an entire season without seeing a single call for a lane violation on a free throw, yet we saw it during a round of 64 game and a round of 32 game already this year. Both times, the call may have affected the outcome of the game. Jim Boeheim’s squad was the beneficiary of the first lane violation that was called, and Charles Barkley — along with many other people — was critical of the official who called it. As expected, Boeheim doesn’t think very highly of Barkley’s opinion.

“Charles is an idiot,” Boeheim said during an interview with 1260 The Score in Syracuse. “You have to call calls. If they’re there, you have to call them. If a foul occurs or whatever happens, you have to call it. It’s as simple as that. If referees start doing that, we’ll have a chaotic situation. They have to make the calls that are there. If it’s a little touch foul away from the ball, a good referee won’t call that.”

Boeheim certainly isn’t the first person to insult Barkley and Sir Charles does say some completely idiotic things, but I tend to agree with him on this one. It’s easy for Boeheim to say that call has to be made when it may have saved his team from historic embarrassment, but if it has to be made then why is it never made the countless other times it happens?

As LB mentioned in an earlier post, any official that makes this call should be calling all the carries, travels, and blatant fouls that they let go constantly. Boeheim says it’s good if they don’t call a “touch foul,” but what’s the difference between a “touch foul” and a borderline violation that always happens and is never called? In both instances the call was the right one but didn’t have to be made.

Jim Boeheim says he has ‘never enjoyed coaching’

Jim Boeheim certainly isn’t coaching for the money. Having been the head coach at Syracuse since 1976 and turned the program into one of the premier college basketball programs in the nation, Boeheim is pulling in enough money annually to pay the bills. At the age of 67, he is still going strong, has his team in the Sweet 16 once again, and is chasing 900 career victories. The only reason Boeheim could still be around is that he enjoys what he does, right? Wrong.

“I have never enjoyed coaching,” Boeheim told the Washington Post recently. “I hope someday if I need an operation, when that doctor walks into the operating room he’s not there to enjoy himself.”

When asked what happens if the operation is a success, Boeheim smiled and responded: “If you have success, then you’re satisfied That’s completely different. I guess if you win a lot and you get a lot of satisfaction from the wins then maybe — maybe — you can enjoy it just a little.”

Like his good friend Jim Calhoun, Boeheim has been one of the has been one of the more difficult coaches for the press to deal with over the years. The difference between a basketball coach and a surgeon is that the surgeon is dealing with — you know — life and death situations. At the end of the day, basketball is just a game. Boeheim may be dealing with some unwanted distractions in this year’s tournament after losing one of his best players to academic ineligibility but make no mistake about it, the Hall of Famer loves coaching. He also happens to be one of the best to ever do it.

H/T College Basketball Talk

Jim Boeheim says questions about Carmelo Anthony coexisting with Jeremy Lin are the ‘Dumbest thing I’ve ever heard’

The biggest mystery the Knicks are facing at the moment is how Jeremy Lin and Carmelo Anthony will perform together on the court. When Anthony returns from a strained groin, he will be joining an entirely different team from the one he left. At the moment, this is Jeremy Lin’s team. Can Carmelo deal with that? On Wednesday, Anthony insisted he is not a selfish player and said he’s offended that people think that. His college coach at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim, for whom Melo won a national championship, couldn’t agree more.

“I’ve got to be honest with you, with all the things I’ve heard over the years, and you hear a lot of crazy things, this is the dumbest I’ve ever heard,” Boeheim said during an interview with the Michael Kay Show on Wednesday. “He won a national championship playing with guys here and took shots, but didn’t dominate the ball. He won on the Olympic team and didn’t dominate the ball, so he’s proven he can play with guys.

“I think sometimes in Denver he was put in position where he had to make plays, but he’s always shot a good field goal percentage. … Nobody’s ever said Kobe dominates the ball, I guess, or LeBron or those guys. Of course they do. The best offensive players are going to have the ball. I think the point guard situation will help Carmelo and help Amar’e because it gives them somebody to make plays.

“(Lin has) another weapon coming back. This is a great thing. Instead of passing the ball to a guy that’s a questionable shooter, he’s passing it to a guy that can shoot and score. … There will be no chemistry issue on offense whatsoever. Jeremy Lin’s a good point guard. He sets people up, and the fact that he can score makes him a better passer.”

From the sound of it, Boeheim feels more strongly about it than Anthony does. The questions about the two coexisting are as much a spotlight issue as they are an X’s and O’s concern. If Anthony can embrace the fact that the offense is going to run through Lin, the Knicks will be dangerous. If Boeheim’s prediction comes to fruition, the return of Anthony could make New York the best team in the Eastern Conference.

Remember: Jim Boeheim Was Adamant Bernie Fine Allegations Were a Cash Grab

We haven’t covered the Bernie Fine sexual molestation allegations here at LBS for many reasons. Mainly, we did not want to unfairly criticize anyone until we had more information. However, there was one quote that stood out to me when the allegation was made public by ESPN two weeks ago. The words came from Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, and I immediately thought that he might end up regretting what he said.

“The Penn State thing came out and the kid behind this is trying to get money,” Boeheim said of accuser Bobby Davis. “He’s tried before. And now he’s trying again. If he gets this, he’s going to sue the university and Bernie. What do you think is going to happen at Penn State? You know how much money is going to be involved in civil suits? I’d say about $50 million. That’s what this is about. Money.”

Now that audio tapes of Fine’s wife admitting she knew her husband was molesting boys have been released, Boeheim has apologized. But you know what’s strange? Boeheim said Tuesday night he hadn’t heard the tape. Hmm, why would such a staunch defender apologize if he hadn’t heard the strongest piece of evidence? That doesn’t make much sense.

Boeheim’s explanation Tuesday night for his vehement defense of Fine was also weak.

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