Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim is just like you and me. While driving to work and listening to sports radio yesterday, he heard what he claimed was an ‘outright lie’ and called to share his views. Former Syracuse columnist Bud Poliquin (huzzah!) did his weekly spot on “The Manchild Show with Boy Green” on Score 1260 and claimed that Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim were signed by the Pistons solely because of the relationship between Troy Weaver, Rob Murphy and Jim Boeheim.
It was like old times with Bud and Jim as they discussed Bud’s comments. According to Jim, Buddy and Jimmy had four offers each. Later, Jim shared that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Hornets were offering Buddy two-way contracts, but Buddy felt “Detroit needed shooters” which is why he opted to do the deal. agreement with the Pistons. Jim also took issue with Bud’s statement that Buddy had no defined NBA skill saying that Buddy’s shooting was at that level, “If you can’t see you don’t know basketball”
Jim shared that Buddy broke two three-point shooting records in individual practices and that former Michigan HC John Beilin said Jimmy’s practice for Detroit was a nice surprise.
The proud father also went on to say that his sons “have a chance because they’ve earned it”, but he noted that it would be difficult for them to carve out a long career after being drafted. Jim noted that players like Duncan Robinson, Max Strus and Gary Payton II are recent examples of players who have kept fighting and earned their place in the NBA.
As the interview went on, Jim softened and shared this when the teams told him that Jimmy and Buddy had the best interviews they “have to take after their mom.” He also added that he’s proud of Cole Swider and sees him spending a lot of time on the Lakers’ active roster because “few guys who are 6’9 can shoot that well.”
Before leaving, Boeheim noted that Syracuse’s incoming freshman class is better than people think and is “going to be a factor this season.” Hopefully otherwise it will be a long winter. You can check out the full interview using the links below