Mike Krzyzewski Rumors
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski thought the United States men’s basketball team needed a fight song. So before starting his first practice for the 2008 Olympics as the U.S. national team head coach, he summoned Kevin Cullen, his trusted video coordinator at Duke. Cullen was tasked with putting together a video to the “The Star-Spangled Banner.” But Krzyzewski didn’t want just any old cover of the national anthem. He wanted the video done over Marvin Gaye’s iconic version sung at the 1983 NBA All-Star Game.
Kyrie Irving: We did it coach. You had the vision ever since I was that skinny 17 year old you saw play lol. Thank you for the opportunity and it was an honor be apart the journey with you.
Krzyzewski, 69, will hand the reins to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich as he leaves Team USA after nearly 11 years and with a 24-0 record in the Olympics. “I’ve been really a lucky guy, collegiately and internationally to be part of championship teams,” said Krzyzewski, commonly called “Coach K.” “I’m just proud of the fact that Jerry Colangelo when he took over, he gave me an opportunity,” said Krzyzewski, who modestly deflected any credit for his success and instead praised veterans like team captain Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant.
They needed the scoring machine from the 2010 FIBA World Cup and 2012 London Olympics. But Durant was concerned with making sure other players involved. It was one of those situations where being too unselfish is a detriment to the team. U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski pulled video from that the 2010 World Cup — 33 points against Russia, 28 against Lithuania and 28 against Turkey. “He told me, ‘I want to see that guy again,’ ” Durant said.
Duke University coach Krzyzewski, better known as “Coach K,” was chosen and the results have been spectacular — an 87-1 record entering Sunday’s gold medal game against Serbia, the only loss coming to Greece in a 2006 World Championships semi-final. “I’ve learned so much,” Krzyzewski said. “I’ve learned from my players. I’ve learned from the international community. I’ve learned about the beauty of international play. Over the last 11 years I’ve gotten better as a result of being given the honour of coaching, so it has been a beautiful thing for me.”
The coach who lugs a 75-game winning streak into the gold-medal men’s basketball game of these Rio Olympics insists that he most certainly does fret and sweat about every single one of these outings. Even if only eight of those 75 W’s in a row were decided by single digits. “I worry all the time, believe me,” Krzyzewski says. “It’s part of being a coach … to worry. Worry does not mean not have confidence. Worry is making sure we keep moving along and giving positive energy to one another and that no one gets hurt. That type of thing.