Boeheim calls Marcus Smart’s fan-pushing incident ‘a fluke’

first_img Published on February 10, 2014 at 1:31 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Jim Boeheim downplayed Marcus Smart’s shoving of Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr at the end of Oklahoma State’s 65-61 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, during the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday.“He was involved in a play that happens, I don’t know, every five years, where a player ends up in the stands,” the Syracuse head coach said. “That is so, so unusual. If he hadn’t ended up in the stands, nothing would’ve ever happened. It was just a fluke that he ended up being in the stands.”Boeheim has coached Smart for two years with USA Basketball and called him a “great kid.” He said Billy Donovan, the head coach of the USA under-18 team, would echo those statements and more. Smart, who was a captain on the under-19 national team, fell into the stands and was helped up by another spectator when Orr told reporters he called Smart a “piece of crap.”Smart then turned into the stands, stepped up a row and shoved Orr in the chest with two hands. He was suspended three games by the Big 12 on Sunday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This is not how I was raised,” Smart told reporters on Sunday. “I let my emotions get the best of me — just can’t let that happen again. It’s something I have to learn from.”On Monday, Boeheim spoke about the hostile crowds he’s seen through the years. He remembers when the Big East asked for student sections to be moved from behind the visiting team’s bench, and said that the raucousness of crowds has seemed to diminish gradually over the years.Still, certain road environments are difficult to play in — like Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center, where the top-ranked Orange will travel to Wednesday.“This is part of playing on the road,” Boeheim said. “You have to understand this is going to happen. We’ve played in a lot of tough places over the years.”Boeheim said he ignores opposing crowds and thinks derogatory signage should be banned from arenas, and reiterated the Smart incident as a one-time thing.Said Boeheim: “It was a fluke.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Vince Carter says he’ll play one more NBA season

first_img Vince Carter, 42, says he’ll return for 22nd NBA season He went on to win the Dunk Contest in 2000 running away with the competition with his infamous “Cookie Jar” slam and another 360 [email protected] Vince Carter most definitely didn’t wear the all purple at the Dunk Contest in Oakland. @jeskeets @LeighEllis @TasMelas @StartersJD @StartersMatt pic.twitter.com/a4Qbr1QJHx— Jamison Schoen (@The_Jam_Is_0n) May 31, 2019Carter will finish his NBA career in the top 20 all time in scoring and field goals made. This is it for Vince Carter.The 2019-20 season will be the final one for the eight-time All-Star, he announced on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Wednesday. “What you gonna do?” Stephen Jackson asked Carter. “You got one more run?””I got one more in me,” Carter said. “One more run in me.” Related News Vince Carter just announced on The Jump that this upcoming year will be his final year playing in the NBA pic.twitter.com/XFQGFJ14WK— Chris Montano (@gswchris) June 5, 2019Carter, 42, has played 21 NBA seasons with eight NBA teams.He spent time with the Raptors, Nets, Mavericks, Grizzlies, Magic, Hawks, Kings and Suns.He is currently an unrestricted free agent.”I’ve got one (left),” he said. “Last one.”Carter was the 1998-99 Rookie of the Year and a member of the All-Rookie Team.He has averaged 17.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his career.But, as good as his scoring and entire game was, he’ll always be remembered for his athleticism, which allowed him to jump over anything in his path.Even a 7-2 center.Everyone but Frédéric Weis wish Vince Carter a happy 41st birthday 🙌 pic.twitter.com/Co5KiYTBBp— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) January 26, 2018Carter’s dunk over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Summer Olympics became an iconic moment in his career and was dubbed by French media “le dunk de la mort,” translated as “the dunk of death.”Carter was taken No. 5 overall by the Warriors in the 1998 NBA Draft after earning a place as a second-team All-American with North Carolina.last_img read more

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