Why Jonny Flynn's Decision Is More Accepted than Donte Greene's

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Why Jonny Flynn's Decision Is More Accepted than Donte Greene's
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Jonny Flynn's departure from Syracuse to the NBA comes with a sense of déjà vu to Orange fans everywhere because for the second season in a row, Jim Boeheim is going to lose his leading scorer to the ranks of the NBA.

But why is the fan reaction so much different this season than last? The same people that wished nothing but the worst for Sacramento Kings rookie and former Syracuse guard Donte Greene are praising Flynn on his decision and wishing him nothing but the best of luck.

Donte Greene's legacy at Syracuse will be remembered as that of blowing a 20+ point lead to UMass at home in the NIT and saying that he was leaving Syracuse because he would lose shots with Rautins and Devendorf coming back for the following season.

Jonny Flynn? You think six overtimes, the Sweet Sixteen, and the best point guard in the best conference in the nation.

Greene will be remembered by Syracuse fans for his lazy defense, and Flynn his massive amount of minutes logged for the Orange.

Regardless of memories, points, hype, or rankings, there is one stat that will always stand out to Syracuse fans when thinking of the two.

And that number is zero.

Zero Big East Championships. Zero National Championships. Zero First Team all-Big East selections. Zero All-American selections (disregarding his honorable mention). While Flynn's legacy may end up being cemented into one six-overtime game, Greene's legacy is all but forgotten at Syracuse.

Rated the No. 2 recruiting class overall just a year ago, I think it is safe to say the "Dynasty" is officially over.

What do you think? Why is Flynn's decision more widely accepted overall than Donte Greene's? How will Jonny Flynn's legacy be seen in comparison to Donte Greene's? Leave your comments below!

-KShaw

As written on http://thesaltinewarriors.blogspot.com

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