Syracuse, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
Dave Bing will tell you Jim Boeheim thinks he knows everything, and there aren't many reasons not to believe him. Who better to describe a man than his former college roommate and teammate? For Boeheim, that man is Bing, the former NBA star and current Detroit mayor.
Now, 50 years after the two stepped into the same Syracuse dorm room, Bing said he could have never seen this coming.
"I thought I was going to become a pro basketball player, I thought Jimmy was going to become a coach, but to have this kind of success," said Bing. "I don't think anybody, including myself, probably expected this."
However, there Boeheim is, still coaching 37 years after he became the head man at his alma mater. Afterwards though, in typical Boeheim fashion, he credited Bing with helping make Syracuse what it is today.
"Syracuse Basketball was nothing before Dave Bing came here, they lost 27 straight games and the whole thing," said Boeheim. "He started it, got it going, and a lot of players have stepped up since then, but he's the guy that got it going."
Since then things have changed at Syracuse, and players have come and gone, but the one constant has been Boeheim. He's been a constant winner, and teacher. Possibly more impressive than the 900 wins is his Division 1 record of 34 20-win seasons. That is why Syracuse native, and now Orange senior Brandon Triche believes he is so important.
"Boeheim means a lot to the community, him being here so long, growing up not too far from here," said Triche. "It means a lot, and a lot of people look up to him"
As all those Orange faithful do almost every winter, fans flocked to the Carrier Dome to see Boeheim win number 900 Monday night. But one had a particular interest in being there.
"I have things to do in Detroit," said Bing. "I have a couple of things on my plate, but I wouldn't miss this for anything."
Because who would have thought Boeheim, a former Syracuse walk-on, could build all this.