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All The Times Jim Boeheim Has Thrown His Players Under The Bus

Boeheim loves telling his players to play for free when they can get paid.

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One of college basketball’s most consistent traditions is already underway. Longtime Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has constantly given his players crap that leave Cuse early (or don’t come at all). Boeheim got a head start on things this season when Darius Bazley, a former Syracuse commit, turned down time in upstate New York for a $1 million internship/shoe deal with New Balance.

So, without further ado, here are all the times Boeheim has criticized his own players for choosing to get paid (legally) to play professional basketball.

If there are any we’ve missed, comment below or tag us on Twitter.

UPDATE: Believe it or not, it appears that Boeheim is back at it again and complaining out loud, calling out his centers for lacking toughness in the Orange’s loss to UConn last night.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.


Darius Bazley

Oct. 24

Boeheim comments on Bazley’s deal with New Balance

LeBron clapped back:

Sept. 8

Bazley announces he is decommitting from Cuse to play in the G-League in 2019.

“I mean, he made a mistake. It doesn’t do any good to talk about it,” he said. “Everybody thinks I’m criticizing him. I’m not. I’m just telling it like it is. He made a mistake. He should own it. He’s just not ready. He’s just not physical. They’re not letting him play in the G League because he’d get killed.”


Malachi Richardson

From the Democrat & Chronicle

“I hope Malachi gets in a good draft position that will be good for him. It’s good for us. He had a great career; he had a great one year for us. He helped us to the Final Four,” Boeheim said before revisiting his earlier rant about no one having an idea where Richardson will be drafted. “Trust me, nobody has a clue right now. He could move up or he could move down, but there’s absolutely no justification to say he could be picked 15th.”

Bonus quote of him denouncing draft experts by trashing his former players

“The (draft expert) that has moved him up is the same guy that had Tyler Ennis (being picked) at six to 10 (overall in the 2014 draft) and we all know how that worked out, and he had Jerami Grant at 20 and we all know how that worked out. I guess when you have no track record, I guess that doesn’t matter. I guess you still have credibility — somehow.”


Tyler Ennis


“I think he’s a great college player,” Boeheim said. “I think physically he probably could’ve used another year. A little bit different than Dion Waiters who I had a couple of years ago who left. I think Dion was physically better, more physically ready.

Jerami Grant

From SB Nation

“They have to first determine what position are they drafting Jerami Grant for? That’s the first question. Does he have the skill set to play the three? Is he big enough to play the four? Strong enough?”

Chris McCullough

McCullough was a freshman at Cuse for these comments, but credit to Boeheim for getting ahead of the curve on this one.

Quotes via SB Nation’s Syracuse blog, Troy Nunes is an absolute magician

“If he’s a lottery pick I don’t how he could possibly struggle against Colgate. It just doesn’t make any sense to me.”

I got a better chance of winning the lottery...and I don’t buy tickets.”