Mike Krzyzewski Rumors
One of the first players to commit was Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard, who let go of old scar tissue. Lillard is still bitter about what happened in 2014 when he was the final cut before Team USA went to Spain for the World Cup, sources said. Lillard felt he had secured a spot on the roster that year after talking to then-head coach Mike Krzyzewski, but the team pivoted and kept an extra center. The Blazers’ star said all the right things publicly, but the decision burned him for years.
Amid his national success in Durham, Coach K was approached several times by NBA franchises, including a flirtation with the Los Angeles Lakers before and after his successful stint as the USA Men’s Basketball coach. On every occasion however, Krzyzewski remained committed to Duke.
“I was looking at my career like, ‘Maybe I should do something different.’ It was (2005),” Coach K told Colin Cowherd on Thursday. “USA Basketball was offered to me five years later and I not only scratched that itch, I scratched enough where I would never have that itch. I love the pro game, I loved coaching the pro players. I think if today I was 57 and had won a few National Championships, I think there’d be a better chance I would be a pro coach in today’s college game than at that time.”
Jeff Goodman: Mike Krzyzewski says he’s not retiring due to the changing landscape of college basketball. “The reason we’re doing this is because Mickie and I have decided the journey is gonna be over in a year.”
Jeff Goodman: Coach K talks about spending more time with his grandchildren as one of the primary reasons why he’s stepping away in a year. The one main theme of this news conference is how thankful and appreciative Coach K is of his family.