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Coach K to remain at Duke through 2016

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07:52 AM ET 05.24 | It was recently announced that Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski would remain the Team USA basketball coach through the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, but there was still some concern about how his position at Duke would be affected. There was some discussion that Coach K could step down as Duke head coach to focus on the national team before retiring from coaching, but he put that belief to rest on Thursday when he announced that he would be staying with Duke for the foreseeable future.

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May 24, 2013  10:59 AM ET

If you want to play for a great coach that believes in continuity, leadership and teaching things beyond basketball then Coach K is as good as it gets.

If you just want a 1 year stop-over on your way to the pros or the street then there is this really slick guy in Kentucky ...

May 24, 2013  11:04 AM ET

Calamari!
No, wait...
Capuccino!
No, that's not it...
Castanets!
No, that's wrong, too...
Chevelle!
Darn it! That's not right, either...

May 24, 2013  11:29 AM ET

I would not be surprised if there was already an agreement of some type with Brad Stevens to be the next Duke coach.

Maybe just a handshake kinda thing...when it comes open (and you have to figure K is somewhere in the last 5-7 years of his career), we'll ask you first.

May 24, 2013  11:39 AM ET

Coach K will be almost 70 by the time this stint with Team USA is over...I wouldn't be surprised if he started to think about being done by then...

May 24, 2013  02:17 PM ET

If the Nets want to offer the world to anyone, it should be this guy.

May 24, 2013  03:44 PM ET

^ agreed, but he won't budge from Duke. He already has the world there, and if he didn't take the Lakers job all those years ago with Kobe at his disposal then he's not going to go to the Nets where Deron Williams will get him fired in two years.

May 24, 2013  08:17 PM ET
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^ agreed, but he won't budge from Duke. He already has the world there, and if he didn't take the Lakers job all those years ago with Kobe at his disposal then he's not going to go to the Nets where Deron Williams will get him fired in two years.

I hear you, but yours is an opinion based on the idea that the Lakers with Kobe Bryant was a good fit. It's entirely possible that Coach K, might not have wanted to coach the Lakers. I know that might be hard for some people to believe, but an overbearing star player isn't necessarily a good selling point to a coach who demands the game be played how he coaches it. Also, when you consider the fact that the Olympic team players universally liked playing for Coach K, going to a team that (as Deron Williams said) needs a firm hand, it's not entirely unfathomable. All I'm saying here is that the Nets should at least make an offer to a great coach. Whether he accepts it or not is beside the point. If they're serious about wanting to win they should pursue the best coach they can get.

 
May 29, 2013  12:43 AM ET

"I hear you, but yours is an opinion based on the idea that the Lakers with Kobe Bryant was a good fit. It's entirely possible that Coach K, might not have wanted to coach the Lakers."

actually, Coach K was quite open the next year that he did seriously think about coaching in LA, he was talking contract money with the Lakers and a lot of it had to do with a good relationship that he already had with Kobe. Kobe has said before that if he did go to college he was going to Duke, because of his good relationship with Coach K.
I do agree that if the Nets management is worth anything at all they will make a ludicrous offer, but I still don't see him leaving Duke, regardless of what they offer. I read a book of his where he said he considered the Lakers in part because he wanted to see how good of a job he could do with NBA players, it would have been a new challenge for him. He's already shown he's one of , if not the best living coach of college kids and now with the tremendous job he's done with the Olympics he's proven that he can coach up NBA guys just as well. I don't see him with anything to prove by going to the NBA at this point. Why risk it?

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