Mike Krzyzewski Rumors
“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 Trudell: Okafor said Coach K was “fine” with his defense at Duke, but acknowledged he has room to grow on that end. He’s 19 years old.
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.”
As the USA Basketball coach, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski was one of many who watched in horror when Paul George broke his leg during a USA Basketball scrimmage in August. And now, as George prepares to return to the court, a happy coincidence provided Krzyzewski an opportunity to wish him well on his return.
Quin Snyder may have been an assistant to Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and a successful college head coach at Missouri. But at Snyder’s first coaches’ retreat seven years ago, he was the new kid in class trying to get away with mumbling an answer. “I was just listening, but then I got forced to say a few things, and Pop goes, ‘what the hell are you talking about, Quin?’” Snyder recalled. “But getting comfortable in those environments, where you felt like you earned the respect of the leader and the staff, to be accepted into that group was really important.”