The Cleveland Cavaliers got themselves back into the NBA Finals on Wednesday night with a blowout 120-90 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
Who cares about that, though? The real action was in the stands at Quicken Loans Arena, where Syracuse Orange men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim was in attendance.
Now, I'm sure we all support coach Boeheim's decision to go to the NBA (Finals), and wish him the best of luck. Although, it's hard to ignore the fact that staying at Syracuse another year (head coaching season #41) would help give him the experience he needs to really be ready to make the jump.
Boeheim was really there because he promised his son he would take him for a birthday trip, and also perhaps to do some advance scouting for some players he will coach this summer for USA Basbketball at the Olympics in RIo.
Jim Boeheim says he will be surprised if Cavs lose game 3. At the game because he promised he would take his son for his birthday.— NBAMVP (@NBAMVP) June 9, 2016
It looks like Boeheim is a star wherever he goes, because plenty of people on social media, both famous and not, were posting pictures of him throughout the game.
Let's take a look at what kept Jim busy during his night in Cleveland:
Apparently, there is no bad blood between the Syracuse coach and the 'Mike and Mike' host. Back in March, Greenberg said on his ESPN Radio show that it was an 'outrage' that Syracuse got a spot in the 2016 NCAA Tournament over Monmouth and it would be a 'joke' if they won the 2016 NCAA Title.
Here is a picture of Boeheim posing with Greenberg and his son at Game 3:
Greeny and son with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. pic.twitter.com/qBDgaWrjdo— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) June 9, 2016
Reunited and it feels so good
Boeheim was not the only person with Syracuse ties in the building for Game 3. Former Orange star and current Philadelphia 76ers player Jerami Grant was in the house and took some time to catch up with his former coach. Just a couple days ago, Grant was named to the USA select basketball team.
Here's a shot of the two chatting during the game (comedian Frank Caliendo is sitting right in front of them in the red shirt):
76ers forward and Cuse alum Jerami Grant chatting with coach Jim Boeheim?— Jason Romano (@JasonRomano) June 9, 2016
(Oh hey @FrankCaliendo!)#NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/IKNj7kpdJx
Taking a seat
Cleveland radio host Anthony Lima, who once worked in Syracuse, spotted Boeheim remaining calm amongst the Cavalier faithful. Someone tell that dude to get on his feet and start cheering.
Boeheim doesn't stand for NBA Finals Aggression pic.twitter.com/BkyjyHEYkV— Anthony Lima (@SportsBoyTony) June 9, 2016
Lima also caught Boeheim enjoying some Dippin' Dots. Who doesn't love ice cream in frozen dot form?
Exclusive video: Jim Boeheim enjoys Cavs win with ice cream of the future (Dippin Dots) pic.twitter.com/XWL7DviigD— Anthony Lima (@SportsBoyTony) June 9, 2016
Can't hide in the crowd
ESPN NBA reporter Dave McMenamin, who was once a manager for Boeheim, spotted the Hall of Famer in the crowd. Good eye by the Cuse alum.
We have @therealboeheim in the house for Game 3 pic.twitter.com/YTYrTCwrKR— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) June 9, 2016
Man of the people
It's not just members of the media and former players that noticed Jimmy B in the house. Plenty of fans in attendance also noticed his presence:
JIM BOEHEIM IS SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!!!!!— DJ Aultman (@djaultman25) June 9, 2016
earlier i saw mike wilbon talking to jim boeheim and my goodness it is fun imagining the salty conversations between those two— martin rickman (@martinrickman) June 8, 2016
.@therealboeheim! You gotta let us with @NEOhioOrange know when you're in Cleveland! We'll show you around. HBD to your son!— Ryan McNaughton (@RyanInNiles) June 9, 2016
Jim Boeheim in the house. NOT rooting for Dion Waiters pic.twitter.com/bmxLbrWjsd— Grant Gates (@grantwgates) June 9, 2016