Hall of Fame
- Aug 15, 2011
This is a fan forum, but not sure why it makes so many feel so good to access or cast such harm blame. We all do it, myself (at times) included.
There is an inherent conflict in having one's own family on a team. Everyone knew this and gets it, including JAB. But some of the dissection of JAB's postgame pressers is just over the top. Some chide him for saying nothing or little ("we need to make more shots"), while others ridicule him as they count player references for the purpose of blame (Jesse got mentioned three times, Buddy one ...).
What do we expect him to really say? It is difficult for any person/father/coach to heavily critique his own blood. I do know this ... SU has greatly benefitted from having both Buddy, and now JBIII, around and headlining the team. I have never heard that it bothers the other players. I doubt that Quadary left for the swamps of NJ because JAB heaped unending praise on Buddy last spring. Everyone has good games. And some bad too. We could say that about any SU player the last 50+ years, with one exception: Carmelo.
We, as a forum grouping, should do our best to resist what is evidently an urge to make the Boeheim family a foundational piece of every SU hoops storyline. It is exhausting.
I expect him to treat all players fairly, blood or not. In fact, if he were to fault one way or the other, I’d expect him to be harder on his own kids.
I don’t think JB is in some lair and scheming up his post-game pressers, but he says what he says and it’s easy for us on this fan forum to wave it away, but we aren’t the target of coach’s public scorn over and over again. People get sensitive here about others critiquing their fan forum posts but we expect these kids to be fine with JB hammering them in the media, and lots of times unfairly or at least unbalanced in his criticisms.
So, yes, I expect JB to do better.