Mike Krzyzewski Rumors
Q: Is there any way you can convince Mike Krzyzewski to coach past the 2016 Rio Olympics? Colangelo: No. This time I know it’s done. I’m already working on the future. But my focus is on ’16. I have so much time on my hands that I’m already working on it. Q: Do you already have a next coach in mind? Colangelo: I always have a guy already in my head. Always did and always will.
George said Saturday that Indiana Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird supports his aspirations. “Larry, of all people, knows how important it is to play and represent your country. So he’s got my back on that one, and it’s a personal goal,” George said. “Coach [Mike] Krzyzewski knows I’m on board.”
“He’s a star in progress, so to speak, a work in progress,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said on ESPN radio this week. “I’m not sure anyone has come out any stronger at a wing position. He’s about 6-6, 225, and he’s strong – mentally and physically. … He’s going to kind of be his own guy. I think he’s got a chance to be a star, to be quite frank with you, because he’s got the mental makeup to do it also.”
To find a coach who does adapt his strategy year after year, I headed (by telephone) to the Research Triangle, to consult Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. “I never try to put my players in a system,” he said, not long before his adjustments enabled the Blue Devils to win the national championship. “I try to create a system that’s good for my players.” Had he thought of trying the triangle? The idea seemed to startle him. It was so successful, I ventured. “The triangle didn’t win crap!” he said sternly. “Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant! Whatever offense I run, that offense didn’t do it. Winning means you had the caliber of players capable of winning a championship.” Then he seemed to want to soothe the situation. “I have nothing against the triangle,” he said. “I think it’s a great offense. But it’s a lot better if Jordan loves it or Kobe loves it.”
Mike Krzyzewski has added his third recruit of the 2015 class. He’s not another 5-star talent like Chase Jeter or Luke Kennard, but he is the son of one of the best to ever play the game. According to 247Sports’ Adam Rowe, Justin Robinson—the son of former San Antonio Spurs great David Robinson—will join the Duke basketball team next season as a walk-on:
“What a great decision!” said Krzyzewski. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Jahlil and he has earned it. Obviously, he has done an incredible job here at Duke and he will always be a part of our Duke basketball family. We could not be happier for he and his family.”