Jim Boeheim on Thursday ripped former Indiana coach Tom Crean for his draft-night criticism of one of Boeheim’s former Syracuse players.
Orange forward Tyler Lydon was taken in the first round by the Denver Nuggets, No. 24 overall last week. Crean, who was fired by Indiana, served as a draft analyst on The Vertical’s draft night show. He didn’t think much of the Lydon pick.
“I don’t think he’s that good,” Crean said on the show, via Syracuse.com. “I think he plays hard, I think he tries hard, I don’t think he’s soft. But I don’t think the shot is there. I don’t think the mobility. Guys like him, who are they going to guard? And who are they going to separate from?”
Despite his criticism of Lydon, Crean did praise Boeheim and the job he does with grooming players in his program. That didn’t matter much to Boeheim, who called Crean an “idiot” in response Thursday.