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.”