Basketball Coach Jim Boeheim Draws Syracuse Fans to Words

He’s coached for over 30 years at Syracuse, with a winning record in every
single season. He’s in the basketball Hall of Fame and has the most wins at a
single school. He’s coached the U.S. National Team. He’s won a national
championship.

The man I speak of paid a visit to Words in Maplewood on Tuesday night. His name is Jim Boeheim.

Coach Boeheim, 69, recently published a book, called Bleeding Orange. In this autobiography, Boeheim reflects on his life, and discusses his experiences associated with the game of basketball.

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The room was packed, and most people wore their Syracuse orange apparel. At the front of the room with a microphone, Coach Boeheim started by saying that he had caught an acute case of laryngitis, and could barely talk when he woke up that morning. Nonetheless, he followed by saying what a privilege it was to be at Words.

Coach Boeheim then began to talk basketball. He touched on the fact that
Syracuse had lost their three best players from last year (Tyler Ennis, CJ Fair,
Jerami Grant) and who he’s counting on in this season.”We’ve got a senior center, who I think will come into his own this year. Rakim Christmas, I think
he’s gonna be a tremendous player,” Boeheim told the crowd.

Boeheim also discussed his new freshmen for this year. He noted that Kaleb
Joseph, the successor of Tyler Ennis, is a very talented player. He also talked
about Chris McCullough, their freshman forward. “The only difference between him (McCullough) and Carmelo Anthony at the same stage is 25 pounds,” Boeheim said.

That’s a pretty big comparison, as Carmelo Anthony — the all-star forward for the New York Knicks– is arguably one of the best players in the NBA. Boeheim also praised his guards, Trevor Cooney and Michael Gbinije. Clearly, Jim Boeheim feels good about the talent on his team going into the season.

Coach Boeheim addressed the Syracuse fans, and talked about recruiting for next year, the season of 2015-2016. “We should have a great recruiting year this year, and recruit four or five guys in the top 30 or 40 in the country.”

Boeheim was confident in the way things were going in terms of his basketball program. After about ten minutes of hoops talk, Coach Boeheim signed books, after telling fans it was his first book signing ever. Many people lined up to get their copy of Bleeding Orange signed.

Boeheim personalized the books, writing names along with his signature. I thought that was pretty cool. Everyone eagerly waited on line. One kid asked if they could take Coach Boeheim home!

Unfortunately, that offer was shot down. Of course, Boeheim had to go back to Syracuse, and continue to prepare for the start of the season, which is right around the corner. Ranked 23rd in the country, coming off of a 28-6 record last
year, the Orange look to have another great year under the legendary coach.