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Jim Boeheim: Freshmen aren't worth NBA teams tanking

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08:13 AM ET 12.14 | The way Jim Boeheim sees it, none of the heralded freshmen across the American college basketball landscape are worth tanking for. "There's no player that's out there on the horizon that's a Tim Duncan or a LeBron James," the Hall of Fame Syracuse coach told SNY.tv by phone Thursday. "I've seen all these guys play. I think they're very talented players. They're not that kind of player. They're not transcendent players that are gonna make your franchise into a 10-12-15-year winning franchise because you're there. I don't see that." One NBA executive told SNY.tv he believed as many as six franchises were tanking -- and that was before the Toronto Raptors dealt Rudy Gay in a move potentially aimed at bringing Canadian Andrew Wiggins back North of the border.

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December 14, 2013  09:15 AM ET

He is no doubt right. And the NBA has a definite credibility issue.

December 14, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He is no doubt right. And the NBA has a definite credibility issue.

Players are coming to college more developed than ever. That does NOT mean they're NBA ready. In fact players are going to the NBA much less developed than ever.

December 14, 2013  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Players are coming to college more developed than ever. That does NOT mean they're NBA ready. In fact players are going to the NBA much less developed than ever.

No kidding..

Playing against 18-21yo is not the same as playing grown men 82 games a year///

December 14, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No kidding..Playing against 18-21yo is not the same as playing grown men 82 games a year///

I watched Julius Randle in Texas HS ball. Yeah he was fun to watch and had a lot to like from an offensive perspective. Then he wins a dunk contest and the media starts focusing on his national ranking and soon he's a can't miss NBA player before he ever plays a college game. Then he goes to Kentucky and he's in the "group of 5" (or whatever nickname the media crapped out there) before 10 college games were under his belt. He may be a good NBA player but the media hype has gotten out of hand.

December 14, 2013  03:07 PM ET

Boeheim is old and wise, like a tall, skinny, squinty-eyed Buddha.

 
December 14, 2013  07:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Boeheim is old and wise, like a tall, skinny, squinty-eyed Buddha.

Oohm! Oohmm!

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