Voice of the Syracuse fan — Noel wasn’t “Syracuse basketball”

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Noel wasn’t “Syracuse basketball”

Whatever I say will sound like a lover scorned. However, I never wanted Noel. I never saw his flashiness truly fitting into our mold. Then, as ESPN began exploiting him, an uneasy feeling grew in my stomach. I met a lot of Cuse fans who thought this one kid, who has yet to step onto a college stage, could do no wrong.

The magic of team chemistry cannot be forced. Waiters began the motto: Humble and Hungry. That’s what makes them so lovable. We don’t have divas. We don’t have larger-than-life personas. True leaders point to the team when they win and point to themselves when they lose. I see that in Triche and Fair. I saw Noel as a kid who would point to the team when they lose and himself when they win. He is simply not Cuse basketball.

Cuse fans are rabid. For us, it’s unfathomable that someone could choose another place to play. We love Grant and Coleman, who have yet to do anything other than RT like Dion after a 30 point game. We know we are stacked. We know other schools are jealous of us for that. So, Noel, bring it.

–Lian Shalala

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