Mike Krzyzewski Rumors
The guidance from Coach K will serve as a teachable moment for Okafor to put into perspective his own career and what needs to be valued moving forward. While the circumstances of the off-the-court events are a thing of the past, the leadership received from arguably the game’s greatest leaders will be invaluable in regaining Okafor’s primary focus in earning a college degree while continuing to become a consummate professional. “Jah is one of the greatest kids ever. Ever, ever, ever, ever,” Krzyzewski said earlier this season. “He did a couple of stupid things, and so knock him for it. Suspend him, but let’s move on. Make him learn from it, but don’t characterize him based on that. He’s a special, special kid.”
Scott Howard-Cooper: Team USA chair Jerry Colangelo told me in Feb. he was concerned about Coach K’s health and had started to prepare backup plans for Olympics.
Colangelo, chairman of USA Basketball, said he is confident Mike Krzyzewski will coach the Americans in Rio. “He should be OK. We’re told that it’s going to be a non-issue. We didn’t know the exact status, but that’s the latest status for sure,” he said at the U.S. Olympic Committee’s media summit Wednesday. “He’s committed. He doesn’t feel he has any issue whatsoever. He’ll get through the surgery and he’ll be fine.”
As for Krzyzewski, who is making his coaching farewell with the national team in Rio before ceding the position to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and moving into an advisory role for the 2019 World Cup in China and 2020 Tokyo Games, Colangelo said: “Coach K is going to be my assistant in all that we do, so he stays involved.”