everybody got John Castillo here with the training and an absolute magician with us today is one of the greatest players in Syracuse men's basketball history.
How are you, John? A man concerning where all that's going on in the world.
I'm I'm doing all right, man.
And hopefully they went out there in the first responders.
The name were in the front line are going doing well, then helping their when it's still dealing with all these, uh, unfortunate times in trying times right now.
Eso, John, if you don't mind figure.
Just gonna get started on some questions here.
So obviously you Jersey was retired.
Ah, how special is it for you to have your jersey hanging in the rafters of the dome? And how awesome was it to have so much support from so many former S U players, too? They're meant everything.
The biggest accomplishment in my basketball life are, um, since a kid, I've loved Syracuse and it's the first basketball team actually have a love for in bomb Teoh to be a part of that Ah prestigious lineage of players that have their numbers retired at Syracuse.
It means everything to me to be immortalized by Syracuse means everything, having all the supporting on my foreign teammates and everyone who came back and players I didn't play with.
But just because you circus has a unique and special bond because of coach being on because he been there so long.
So we all played for the same coach.
We all have that that kind of the nominator and ah, when I talked other search other college players law.
No, who play in the NBA or didn't play in the n B A but don't have the kind of network of brotherhood that we have.
I'm gonna group texted all those basically on the former Syracuse players, and we talk pretty much every single day.
Whenever I mentioned things like that, the other players, we're like almost jealous because of the brotherhood in the the kinship that we have.
Ah, at Syracuse University.
I think it's I think you hit on something there.
It's because you'll play for the same coach that it just create this bomb that, like you see, some other schools, even like big schools, like even a Kentucky, which has had obviously a lot of success has also cycled through a decent number of coaches over the years, like you don't have that common lineage of me.
I obviously like that Texas between you guys, but I feel like a lot of Syracuse fans would love to have a bird's eye view.
And so, like the greats text way, talk about everything.
No, not a lot of basketball things beyond.
Just just talk about things that's going on in life and just really get on each other, talking to each other all the time, which which is always finding a lot of laughs.
And I have seen whenever there's a Syracuse game on, we're all watching the game together and talking about the game.
But, um, uh, I'm sure some of those conversations being nice to the ah, I'm outside looking in that be privy to some of that, but that's hard to be in that brotherhood.
Then you talked a little bit about, you know, growing up like Syracuse was obviously like a big deal.
Um, how much do you attribute like Syracuse and watching Syracuse knowing Syracuse basketball is like part of your journey, playing basketball as a kid and then getting at the high school in college.
Well, the Syracuse portion of my career is everything those four years, um, leading up to her because I was working as hard as I could possibly work in high school to get this here home.
So it was the years leading up to Syracuse in the mean years.
After just everything I learned in the game, I gained my last Syracuse in the conference.
I have to carry that to the day.
So, you know, it was all it all started at Syracuse, you know, from being a sop****re in high school, realizing that that's where I wanted to go through my first couple years in the NBA, realizing that that the truths of belabored it out lay that Syracuse gonna hey, for now and take care of me and in the A And that's what I tried to do.
So what was your favorite thing That you learned it? Syracuse? Was it something on the court or ah, Or did you feel like you got you know, more of medication off the court? The best thing I learned this or the best thing from Syria se is my group of friends of the best group of friends from Syracuse Raw still in, uh, close contact with talk all the time.
Oh, some guys air from a pi fraternity.
Some guys just regular guys in school with some guys from the team, but raw, you know, raw, raw friends and well, came back together for the retirement weekend, which was awesome.
Have, like, no 50 close friends.
And I went to school with all their It was awesome.
So, um, there was is that's what's most.
That's what that's what I gained most from Syracuse.
Like true true friends for life.
That's great. Yeah, I know.
For May I went s you and, uh, two of my roommates for like, three of the years.
We're standing next to my wedding, So definitely exactly eso you mentioned.
You know that Everyone's kind of play for Jim Boeheim.
Uh, what's your relationship like with Jim Boeheim now? And how would you compare it to when you were a player? It Syracuse? It's the same.
We have a great relationship.
Um, I'm see as a player.
He's, uh, he's He's doing even more for you in terms of ah tryingto help your game.
Obviously not trying help my game.
Now we're just friends, but, um, at school, he's always trying to help me and put me in a position to be successful.
Um, now we talk and way have a great relationship.
The only thing I would say is hers.
Players who didn't playing as much are players who were on the bench.
I'm sure they were like today's version of Coach Ban, because he's not as harsh.
Not know, Julie.
Julie really soften them up and having is having more kids and all that soft with them way up.
So I'm sure some of the other players no, not my second.
We have the basically the same relation, but I'm sure some Releford my man, I wish I had that guy that version of feel like a lot of people say that about like your dad, too.
Like if you're the first year the first child, you get one version and then, like I think 1/3 kid gets like the easy I don't care version that's like me.
My I used to get all of the weapons and all that and my brother, my brother literally never got touch like what's going on checking my mom temperature sometimes, like it's the same woman.
So, uh, what was your favorite game as a player at Syracuse? I'm assuming it's one for the 96 NCWO Tour tournament run, But perhaps I'm wrong there.
No, it is definitely, definitely one, absolutely the Georgia game, because the way we came back and the way we win the game just there so many factors, you know, were against us in that game from me being a foul trouble as being down toe, them having a momento, that really good team, too.
And so we overcome all that and come back and win that game with special.
It's probably the game like it, uh, talk to about the most of the Georgia game.
Um, so as the next man myself did want to talk about the team a little bit.
Um, do you think that, like the Knicks looking for the next big free agent is the way to go? Or do you think that it really has to be something home grown and the fans are gonna have toe give it some time to kind of build through the draft? Well, it always six times I mean, if it was you realize anything from the Jordan last and do***entary.
You got drafted in 1984 and didn't win a title.
19 Mark And he's you're considered the greatest.
It took him that long to it takes time.
It takes time to get the right pieces around the right players.
Right, Coach, All that's gonna kind of meat at this perfect crossroads and have the perfect synergy for the win a title.
But more important than a title right now.
Just just getting the Knicks back to point where we can contend and be in the playoffs.
And so that's your first that you gotta you gotta take baby steps.
So first we gotta get back into the point.
We're, you know, continue for playoff spots and all that.
You could think about the next steps and all that, but that's the first step.
And I think we're heading that way.
I think RJ bears great pickup for us.
I think Mitchell Robson, it turned out to be Ah, instead, you just get a couple more pieces, man, and see where we go.
Yeah, I mean, honestly, like I think RJ, like you saw the second half of the year.
RJ actually was a much more efficient player, and I, I think really with the team could use a little bit more positional diversity.
I feel like they definitely went all in on power forwards this year.
I feel like maybe you get you know, another.
Maybe a veteran point guard, something like that.
Um, and it could be, I think, the East At least it's easier to get a younger team in with a 38 to 40 to win kind of season.
Get them that necessary posters and experience and let them grow from there.
Yeah, what will see the moves? No, with no, not on the Youngs on board, and we'll see what's gonna happen. Man.
He's He's been an incredible, incredible agent all that.
So hopefully be able to bring that same type of success.
And it's in his, ah, former job bringing to the to the New York Knicks be very welcome.
Uh, so who's your favorite player in Syracuse basketball history? Carmelo, He brought us the title man.
Um, you know, that's that's easy.
Um, and it's and it's how to respect to, you know, you have only only banner that hangs in our in our dome in our story Dome history is from, well, the main integral piece.
Everything you I mean, it's got to be everyone.
Syracuse true fans.
I mean, brought us a title.
Nothing you serves in.
I love the guys.
You know Derrick Coleman, Dave being billions.
I love Pearl, all those guys, but, um, Melo brought us a title, man.
So gonna love that there.
Uh, what do you think? Work really well for the arms this past season.
And what do you think needs the most improvement in 2022 2021.
But what work was, um, no, we're able to read the ball out, move from one side to the other and when time to ****yze used started out being assertive and aggressive right from the start.
I always felt like most games.
Pretty much he was the best player on the court.
Him putting his hand print on each game.
Obviously, next year's different cause he's going into the draft.
It seems like he's going to stand the draft.
So now we got Gerard and but he's gonna be a junior now or canary Richmond Keep coming in.
Was a freshman being noon kid coming in eBay? I mean, he arguably was the M V p the last 10 games of the season where you play.
I'm so happy for any a lot of people getting on him.
Um, and he responded and, uh, ended the season and a really high, strong note.
Look forward to him to continue in that success.
No login being the the Swiss Army knife that he is doing everything.
Um, you know, I'm looking forward to next season with the new guys coming in and how they're going to mesh in some of the guys who probably didn't play much latching.
And I have to play more next year.
All those batch.
No, it's just interesting time for us and really, really looking for same here.
Eso Have you been holding up amid the quarantine there? Ah, there any TV shows you've been watching or the recommendation? Happy.
I'm legally tv it out.
I've watched everything imaginable.
Uh, possibly watch.
I watched a lot of my old movies and old shows, and I mean just, um luckily for me, I've been able to get back to work later that we've been shooting.
I miss you want in the midst, Evoke? Other than that man has been sitting around, I've been cooking a lot, only my culinary skills.
I've been really, really chef in it up.
So Oh, that's that. That's been great.
Any ah, any recipes to share? Uh, well, I cook everything.
So I've been doing no.
A lot of healthy dishes, No trips hours.
I've been some, uh, turkey meatloaf, Chicken parm when they tsum, I even went unhealthy.
Were at fried chicken one night the most.
I've been pretty healthy and trying really, really, really good.
That's is that last question for you.
Anything you want to share about your work with Heavily Productions Foundation Family Productions in the founder, uh, owner of that company Doctor Kathy Rally found him.
It's just an incredible, incredible woman.
Her husband, Jay family, puts everything she does the he's on board.
They just give all their time and money trying to help kids need impoverished schools, neighborhood communities, weather's backpacks, school supplies, um, going and serve dinners would ever make cupcakes.
And, um, she brought me aboard uh, think eight years ago.
Now, seven years ago.
It's been amazing just to be a part of it.
I'm kind of just been enjoying the ride and trying to do my part.
And it feels good to be able to help people and to give back what arm or philanthropically hat expected when you have been given so much in life.
So I think is really important.
And I've had a couple people like herself who opened my eyes to oh, such kind acts of, ah, of helping people out and being truly altruist.
That's really cool.
All right, John.
Well, that's it for me.
Ah, I hope you and your stay safe.
Uh, hope everybody out there is that you save and help you to John.
We appreciate you. Thank you for two.