Mike Krzyzewski Rumors
Tatum said that after his workout for Philadelphia, the 76ers told him they intended to select him with the third pick. He flew to Phoenix anyway to meet with the Suns, and he was enchanted by the warm weather and easygoing lifestyle. Maybe Phoenix was where he belonged, he thought. But while he was there, Krzyzewski called. “I just talked to Brad Stevens,” Krzyzewski told him. “I think they might trade their pick. I think you should go to Boston for a workout.”
Less than half — 43.1 percent — played more than 175 games, the equivalent of two-plus seasons. Only 39 of 469 players — 8.3 percent — made more than one NBA All-Star Game. “I don’t think that’s hard to believe,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told ESPN after being informed of the statistics. “Because some kids are just ahead of other kids, or some kids get more notoriety than other kids. It just shows there are a lot of kids out there who are going to get better. I’m not surprised by that. I see it all the time.
When Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski learned last summer that one of his former star pupils, Kyrie Irving, had requested to be traded from the Cavaliers, he was not stunned like many others were. He coached Irving at Duke and with Team USA, and he knew there was some part of his game, some part of his style, that had yet to be fully unlocked. He sent Irving a text message in July, telling him that he was there for him if he needed anything. But Krzyzewski also knew that it seemed Irving knew exactly what he wanted.
Krzyzewski is friends with Celtics coach Brad Stevens and team co-owner Steve Pagliuca, whose sons Joe and Nick played for Krzyzewski as walk-ons at Duke. After the massive August trade that sent Irving to Boston, Krzyzewski reached out to the Celtics. “You’re going to see more from him than you ever saw in Cleveland,” he told them. “His passing,” Krzyzewski said. “A lot of people just started labeling him as a scorer. And I told the Celtics, ‘This kid is unbelievable in ball screens, and he can pass the ball.’ And I think you’ve already seen that, and that’ll only get better.”