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.
“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.
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 has not emerged from the halftime locker room, and Jon Scheyer is currently speaking to the team from the seat K normally does. K has been attended to by Duke trainers several times already tonight.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, "I guess (Coach K) took it the wrong way because for some reason, but I have the utmost respect for him. I went and apologized after the game and everything like that, but I don't know which way he took it." Devoe said he said something to their bench not coach K.
Devoe felt Coach K took his message the wrong way.
Devoe on coach K's response, "He said you don't know who you're talking to. But I was just trying to compete with them. That's all there was. So I guess he took it the wrong way. But me as a competitor I want to beat Duke."
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.
Coach Pastner on his lengthy exchange with Coach K after the game and the exchange between K and Michael Devoe. pic.twitter.com/RSvWPFc6hl
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.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Ohio State: “I thought they wore us out. We were really worn out at the end … They’re well-coached. They’re well-balanced.”
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.
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
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:
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.
Duke assistant Jon Scheyer has been approved as the next head coach of the Blue Devils, succeeding Mike Krzyzewski, source told @Stadium. There was a mid-afternoon meeting just to rubber-stamp Coach K’s selection.
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.
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.