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LeBron James had message for Coach K about Kobe Bryant during 2008 Olympics

Kobe Bryant

A new book about Mike Krzyzewski has been making some headlines since excerpts were published.

At first, a story went viral that discussed how Coach K disagreed with Duke’s pick for his successor. Now, another story is making headlines.

On Thursday, SI published an excerpt from Ian O’Connor’s book “Coach K” about the Duke coach. The excerpt talks about Coach K’s time leading the “Redeem Team” in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.

Coach K worked hard to get the team’s players to buy in and trust him. He had to get the buy in from Kobe Bryant, the most noteworthy player on the team. He also worked to get LeBron James to trust him, as this was before James had won anything of note as a player.

Krzyzewski felt the team’s players had accepted his message and were on board, but things got tested early in the Olympics during a close win over Australia.

Kobe apparently took some bad shots in the second half of the game and didn’t play much team ball. The players recognized Bryant was playing selfishly, and James even made a remark to Coach K that the coach needed to address things.

From the excerpt:

“Everyone knew it,” says one Team USA staffer. “They know when another player is being selfish. Players can police themselves, but in this instance, as LeBron was coming out of the game, he said to Mike, ‘Yo, Coach, you’d better fix that motherf—–,’ as he walks by. He was talking about Kobe.”

Sure enough, Krzyzewski listened and addressed things with Kobe. He met with Bryant at some point after the game and showed the late Lakers guard some film of the shots Bryant had taken despite having teammates who were open. Bryant accepted the criticism and told Coach K he understood the message and would be better.

It was agreed that everyone — from the coaches to the players — handled things as they should have. And the US ended up redeeming themselves from 2004 by winning gold in 2008.

The excerpt sure does a good job of selling O’Connor’s book. So did the report about Coach K’s successor.

Photo: Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) reacts against the Utah Jazz in the first quarter at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Coach K misses second half of Duke game after not feeling well

Mike Krzyzewski Coach K

Mike Krzyzewski dealt with a stressful day on Tuesday, and it culminated with him not being able to coach part of Duke’s 76-74 win over Wake Forest.

Coach K needed the assistance of medical trainers multiple times in the first half of Duke’s game Tuesday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Jon Scheyer emerged as the acting head coach in the second half of the game after Coach K did not return to the bench after halftime.

Duke later announced that Coach K would not coach in the second half because he was not feeling well.

Despite the issues, it does sound like Coach K was doing alright.

Coach K’s health issues on Tuesday come the same day he was part of multiple headlines. A report about his involvement in the choice of his successor at Duke went viral. Krzyzewski was said to have chosen Scheyer as his successor. Coincidentally, Scheyer ended up coaching half of the win.

Nov 13, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski calls a timeout during the second half against the Campbell Camels at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Coach K chose Jon Scheyer after Duke offered job to another candidate

Mike Krzyzewski in a suit

Longtime Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski may have had an even bigger role in choosing his successor than initially believed.

Coach K announced last year that the 2021-22 season would be his final one on the sideline. Jon Scheyer, who won a national championship at Duke as a player and has been on Krzyzewski’s staff since 2014, was quickly approved as Coach K’s replacement. But apparently Scheyer was Coach K’s choice, not the school’s.

In his new book “Coach K: The Rise and Reign of Mike Krzyzewski,” New York Post columnist Ian O’Connor reports that Duke initially offered the job to Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker. Sources told O’Connor that Krzyzewski wanted Scheyer, in part because the 75-year-old believed he would maintain more control over the program in retirement with Scheyer running the show than he would with Amaker. Duke went with Coach K’s choice, which reportedly left Amaker “heartbroken.”

According to O’Connor, Krzyzewski held a Zoom call with Amaker — another one of his former players and assistants — and delivered the bad news.

“Mike had to explain to Tommy why he couldn’t be the guy,” a Duke source told O’Connor. “He can be Don Corleone when he needs to be.”

Amaker was crushed, which is certainly understandable if Duke had already offered him the job. It’s unclear why Duke would have offered the position to someone without first having Coach K’s stamp of approval.

Amaker has been the head coach at Harvard since 2007. He held the same position at Michigan and Seton Hall prior to that. He has an overall record of 261-146 with five NCAA Tournament appearances with Harvard.

We knew that Amaker and one other candidate were strongly considered before Scheyer was named Duke’s head coach-in-waiting. It sounds like Amaker was a lot closer to landing the job than many realized.

Photo: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Video: North Carolina fans have vulgar chant for Coach K

Mike Krzyzewski in a suit

Duke visited North Carolina on Saturday for the last installment of the rivalry where Mike Krzyzewski will be coaching the Blue Devils against the Tar Heels at Chapel Hill.

Would Tar Heels fans give Coach K the kind of respectful sendoff that a man of his accomplishments deserves? Or would they treat him like the bitter rival he is? If you guessed the latter, you would be correct.

Tar Heels students were heard chanting “f— Coach K” when the Duke coach walked onto the floor at the Dean Smith Center. You can hear the chants in the video, but beware of the cursing.

You know you have a healthy rivalry going when a coach gets that kind of reception.

While that was the way the fans handled things before the game, we would expect a different reception afterwards.

Photo: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Coach K has words for Georgia Tech’s Michael Devoe

Coach K points

Coach K took issue with what he felt was some trash talk from an opposing player on Tuesday night.

Duke beat Georgia Tech 69-57 at Cameron Indoor Stadium to improve to 12-1. Late in the game, Yellow Jackets leading scorer Michael Devoe gestured towards the Duke bench. Coach K thought Devoe was pointing at him and chased down the Georgia Tech guard.

After the game, Devoe was seen talking with Mike Krzyzewski, seemingly to explain the situation.

Devoe told reporters after the game that he was talking to Duke’s bench, not Coach K, and that he explained that to the Duke coach.

Devoe felt Coach K took his message the wrong way.

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner defended Devoe’s character. Pastner also acknowledged he did not know exactly what happened.

“Michael Devoe’s a really good kid, a good player. I don’t know what happened, but in the heat of the moment … you can’t do that. No player should ever talk to an opposing coach. I don’t know exactly what happened,” Pastner said.

There’s nothing wrong with Devoe getting heated and trying to compete with Duke. He scored 21 of his team’s 57 points and was fired up during the competition.

If Coach K’s recent history has taught us anything, it’s that he seems to enjoy confronting opposing players and lecturing them.

Coach K shares reason why Ohio State beat Duke

Mike Krzyzewski in a suit

Just as soon as Duke took the No. 1 spot in the college basketball rankings, they may be giving it back up.

The Blue Devils beat Gonzaga on Friday to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season. That helped Duke earn the No. 1 spot in the country. But on Tuesday night, the Blue Devils lost to Ohio State 71-66.

Duke had an off shooting night, going 25-65 (38.5 percent) on field goals and 4-14 (28.6 percent) on threes. By comparison, Ohio State shot 26-54 (48.1 percent) and 8-20 (40 percent) on threes.

Duke led 43-30 at the half but got outscored 41-23 in the second half. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said after the game that he thought his players wore out.

That’s a nice way of Coach K saying his team choked a 15-point lead against the Buckeyes. Ohio State didn’t actually take the lead until a minute left in the game, so it took a long time for Duke to get worn out.

Coach K’s comment about them being worn out have an interesting meaning in light of the note about Paolo Banchero and his sweating.

Photo: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Coach K’s grandson, one other Duke player booked on DWI-related charges

Paolo Banchero grabs a rebound

Two Duke basketball players are facing charges related to driving while impaired. One of them is longtime coach Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson.

Michael Savarino, Coach K’s grandson, was arrested for DWI early Sunday morning after he was pulled over by the N.C. Highway Patrol outside Hillsborough. According to court records obtained by Steve Wiseman of the Raleigh News & Observer, police say the 20-year-old was stopped for a sign violation. Officers suspected he was impaired, and he was taken into custody after a breathalyzer showed his blood alcohol content was 0.08. Savarino was charged with DWI, driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21 and the stop sign violation.

Star freshman Paolo Banchero was in the car with Savarino at the time. He was charged with aiding and abetting DWI and released at the site of the traffic stop.

“We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men’s basketball team,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “Any further actions as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President/Director of Athletics and University officials.”

Savarino has a court date of Dec. 9 and Banchero is due in court on Dec. 8.

Savarino is the son of Coach K’s oldest daughter, Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino. He walked on with the Blue Devils in 2019 and was given a scholarship this past offseason. He played four minutes in Duke’s 82-56 win over Army on Friday night and is not a regular contributor.

Banchero, 19, is projected to be an NBA lottery pick. The 6-foot-10 forward was named the ACC’s preseason player of the year and is averaging 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

Photo: Nov 12, 2021; Durham, North Carolina, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Paolo Banchero (5) looks to pass during the second half against the Army Black Knights at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Coach K had intense entrance at his retirement press conference

Coach K Mike Krzyzewski

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski met with the media on Thursday to confirm that he will retire after the upcoming season, and let’s just say he was not quiet about it.

Coach K entered his press conference with Cascada’s “Everytime We Touch” blaring over the PA system at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He even did a little dance before he sat down to deliver the news and take questions. Check it out:

Those who are familiar with Duke games know the song selection was not random. The Cameron Crazies have been getting hyped to that song before games for years, as you can see in the video below:

It’s clear that the 2021-22 season is going to be the Coach K retirement tour. Krzyzewski has already received nice tributes from some of his biggest rivals, and that is sure to continue over the next several months.

Jon Scheyer approved as next Duke head coach

Jon Scheyer

Mike Krzyzewski is retiring as head coach of the Duke Blue Devils after next season, and his replacement has already been approved.

According to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, there was a meeting on Wednesday where Jon Scheyer was approved as the next Duke head coach.

Scheyer was reported to be the favorite to replace Coach K from the moment the news was announced. A few familiar names reportedly were the runners-up in the situation.

Scheyer, 33, played at Duke from 2006-2010. He later played professionally in Spain, Israel and the G League. Scheyer became an assistant on Coach K’s staff in 2014 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2018.

Between Hubert Davis and now Scheyer, the UNC-Duke rivalry will have a new look very soon.

Coach K to retire after upcoming season

Coach K Mike Krzyzewski

The end of an era is quickly approaching for the Duke men’s basketball team, as longtime head coach Mike Krzyzewski is expected to retire after the upcoming season.

Krzyzewski has decided the 2021-22 season will be his last with the Blue Devils, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

Goodman added that former Duke star Jon Scheyer, who has worked with the program as an assistant since 2014, is the favorite to replace Coach K.

Krzyzewski, who turned 74 in February, has been the head coach at Duke since 1980. He’s the winningest head coach in college basketball history with 1,170 wins. He has led the Blue Devils to five NCAA championships and 12 Final Four appearances.

Coach K has appeared increasingly frustrated in recent years, as evidenced but the controversy involving him and a student reporter last year. Perhaps he feels his career has finally run its course.