Good to See the Boston Celtics Think Fab Melo’s Syracuse Education is a Joke

It’s all laughs at the expense of SU academia as Melo is introduced in Boston.

Globe Staff

It’s nice that a Syracuse education has become a complete punch line in the wake of Fab Melo. The 7-foot Brazilian bully got caught up in the courts at SU, was labeled one of the biggest busts in school history after his freshman year, was put on academic suspension in January, and then was deemed ineligible for the NCAA tourney.

So, of course when he was drafted by the Celtics a cynical Northeastern city expectedly threw some jabs. But did the front office really have to treat it like a rubber chicken dinner?

From an ESPNBoston.com piece (which was supposed to be complimentary toward the newest Celtic):

Now it seems he’ll be the target of jokes related to what some perceive to low intelligence and a less-than-stellar work ethic. 

When Danny Ainge jokingly quipped Monday about Melo’s business advisor, Rodrigo, also being his academic advisor, he joked publicly what many will likely say behind closed doors, or when Melo’s back is turned, at least throughout the opening stages of his NBA career. “

Specifically, when Melo introduced his business adviser Rodrigo, Celtics GM Ainge asked, “Is Rodrigo your academic advisor as well?”

That brought a hearty laugh from everyone and a punch to Ainge’s arm from Doc Rivers. But the head coach had to also get in a few zingers.

“Later, in an interview with Mike Lupica on ESPN New York Radio, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said he, too, joked with Melo about his academic struggles. 

‘We have no tests, I told him that yesterday. I jokingly told him, I said, ‘Listen we’re going to introduce you tomorrow and we’d going to do a Read to Achieve thing (with young students). Are you OK with that?’” 

Thank you, thank you! The Celtics organization will be here all offseason with plenty more yuks on Syracuse Community College. What is this a Comedy Central roast? Are Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo texting “Fab thinks there’s screen doors on a battleship” jokes back and forth? Good lord, can you imagine what KG will say when Fab forgets what play he’s supposed to run?

Fab didn’t exactly sound like he was headed to the library.

“I did what I had to do on the basketball court, my responsibilities, stuff like that. I did. I struggled with the school. And I don’t have to go to class now, so that’s something coach or the coaching staff won’t have to worry about.” 

Egads, my Syracuse diploma is devaluing at 10% an hour with Fab and friends behind the mics. Let’s just hope Melo delivers for the C’s, because being dumb and proud of it is no way to go through life.

Posted: D.A.

14 Comments on this Post

  1. bgogo

    That’s really piling it on Fab, D.A.

    Look, he sure progressed between his freshman and sophomore years. He grew as much as almost anybody from year one to two. He speaks Portuguese as well. He didn’t appear to be lazy at basketball, and he seemed to excel at learning his role better. You’re overboard on this. Yeah, he was at Chucks too much and all that, but don’t throw him under the bus yet. As SU fans, we have to hope he redeems the name while in the pros. He certainly is capable. He’s also part of the reason we were number 1 in the country for several weeks.

  2. I am shocked, shocked, to discover that the Celtics are assholes.

  3. Nothing tops Rose’s fake college attempt or Mayo’s. Sorry.

  4. Mike P

    I have to give Fab some benefit of the doubt here… Didn’t he only learn English like six years ago?

  5. Scott

    Jerks.. Fab Melo was born in Brazil, grow up in Brazil, never even played basketball or spoke English until recently and these Boston-Smartypants ridicule him?? Danny Anige believes in “Magic Underwear” How many black head coaches have the Celtics had?
    Oh by the way, Chris Joesph the SU grad picked by the Celtics in the 2nd round earned his degree from SU in 3 years and is currently close to completing a Masters degree. God I hate these Boston jerks!

  6. Is this more a reflection on the admittance standards at Syracuse? How did he get into the school to begin with?

  7. LiamTheDream

    Really? How many “Scholar-Athletes” do we have in the NBA? Now the answer to that is a joke!!!

  8. Please do not defend Melo here. It is WIDELY known around campus that Melo’s suspension was not because he struggled in he school, he simply did not show up to any of his classes in the fall semester. He literally could have slept through class and not been suspended, as many other players do. Melo chose not to show up, out of his pure laziness, and was suspended. This has nothing to do with language or cultural barriers.

  9. Yeah, I’m not trying to crush Fab here. I’m just a little surprised the entire Celtics front office is taking the opp. to joke about his education. Pains me a little as an alum. But hey, the NBA is not exactly a MENSA gathering. He doesn’t need high IQ to rebound and block shots, I actually think the C’s had a good draft. How can you not take a flier on Fab at 22 when you have no center?

  10. Ggag47

    He is as dumb as a box of rocks! Unfortunately, he’s lazy as well…. He was handed an opportunity of a life time. He had the same issues in prep school in Fl. They let him ride and they worked the system to get him into Syracuse. No classes, just worked on passing the SAT’s.
    He will be back in Brazil playing as a local lazy over weight bag of rocks in two seasons. The Celtics will have wasted a draft choice and Jim B will have forgotten this pain in the ass and all the off court BS he created.

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