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Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:17 pm
Edited on: March 24, 2011 12:18 pm
 
Coach K nearly went to the Lakers in 2004. Is there a chance he takes a second look in 2011?
Posted by Matt Moore

In 2004, the Lakers came calling on Coach Krzyzewski for head coach. It didn't work out, the Lakers hired Rudy Tomjanovich, Phil Jackson returned in 2005, in 2008 they got Pau Gasol, wam bam, possible three-peat, ma'am. But on Wednesday, Coach K spoke to the media, and revealed that the closest he's ever come to leaving Duke was to take over the purple and gold. 
On Wednesday, during a news conference leading up to the NCAA West Regional at Honda Center, Krzyzewski, 64, again reiterated his love for Duke and said he's not interested in leaving. However, he did say that of the three times he almost left to coach in the NBA, the Lakers' offer was the one he took most seriously. "They were great with me," he said. "I could not give up what I've got, what I have at Duke. It just wasn't worth it."
He added: "I'm good with where I'm at, I'm too old to do anything else."
via NCAA tournament: West Regional notebook - latimes.com.

K is an indication at Duke. The mere thought of him pacing another sideline, without the Crazies is baffling. But let's go ahead and put this out there. Should Duke win yet another national championship this season, which is infinitely possible, granting K the opportunity to walk out on top, and should Phil Jackson hold true to his word of walking after this season, leaving a remaining championship roster of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Ron Artest, Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, the list goes on and on...

Well.

Dr. Buss gets an all-world coach who fits the high level of prestige necessary to coach a team like the Lakers. Coach K gets a veteran, established championship-worthy roster to make the jump to the NBA, ensuring a smooth transition instead of risking failure. Kobe Bryant gets a coach he respects and has played for in the Olympics. Makes a lot of sense, right?

But if Coach K doesn't want it, he doesn't want it. Sometimes comfort and legacy outweigh ambition and opportunity.
Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:44 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

Medinahccpro:

Why would he leave Duke?.. He has this great reputation as a winner, and will become the NCAA's all time wins leader for coaches. I think he gets too much credit to be honest..he always gets 4/5 star recruits and McDonalds all americans. Theres PLENTY of coaches who could win in this Duke program with those caliber players. He's like Phil Jackson..everyone thinks they are so great...Phil didnt win 11 rings..MJ, Pippen, Rodman, Grant, Shaq, Kobe, Pau, etc etc..those guys won. Im sure MJ would have won titles with anyone as his coach. Same with Kobe and Shaq. Coach K has a cushy job..get the best hs players and win titles every couple years. Duke is an amazing program. Year in and year out they have stud players..they have the most NBA alumni. Im not saying Coach K isnt a good coach, but im sure it helps to have all those top players every year. Would he win titles with Boston College..Virginia..for example...probably not. Recruiting is the MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT of college basketball. Recruiting is what wins titles..not 'great coaching'..How come top programs win titles every year??..Because all those smaller programs have horrible coaches??..Nope. They just dont have the talent. I admire Duke...what an amazing program..with or without Coach K. And i will say that about EVERY coach..no bias here...players play the game. Players shoot..players dribble..players rebound. Coaches only make a difference in high school and junior high, when kids dont know how to play. Kyrie Irving and Nolan Smith know how to play ball. Im sure Coach K didnt teach them the pick and roll. Or how to play a zone defense. Anyways..best of luck to Duke and Coach K..I think, no doubt, they will win the title this year. And im a UNC fan. Salud!!





Dean Smith had even better talent and did less overall than K...reconcile that or choke on it as a hypocrite.



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2011 11:32 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

The following caption was taken out of the picture.Coach K: My room is on the 12th floor come on.Kobe:  I really shouldn't ...the last time I went to a hotel room with a stranger I got jammed upCoack K:  Really; it will be okay...I won't tell...and you know me dangit....I am coach k



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 7:40 pm
 

Why do that?...the NBA sucks...

The money would be tempting, and he'd do a good job.  The players would listen to him, which is more that 90% of the other coaches in the NBA can say. But college is where it's at, in basketball, that is the purest form of the game that remain, on a large-stage level.  The NBA, quite frankly, is boring to me.  Most of the coaching has been removed (no zone, an extra step/steps...okay, alot of extra steps, an extra foul, etc., etc., I mean, you have the greates athletes in the world, why do they need any help?  They are overpaid, and at the same time you are letting them chew-apart the integrity of the game.  I lost all rrepect for Charles Barkley way back when he said, "I don't want to be a role model."  Now, they have the him working as a comentator for the NCAA games --and he cannot even speak fluent English.  "I a'int a saint, ai'nt I?  Aint you s'pose ta' do 'dat?"  Wow, and all of these journalism majors who have worked their tails off for jobs like that have to default to him?  Thats pretty damn sad, "aint it?" 



Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:18 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

The NBA's going to be so weird without Phil Jackson. Here's a guy who dominated the NBA for 2 decades. Every single championship went through him. He's the singular reason why so many teams run variants of the Triangle today. He's easily the greatest coach in the history of American sport. He's only coached 19 years and has 11 championships. That's a 58% of winning a championship. Many great coaches who simply win 58% of their games over a 20 year span are considered great. So just imagine winning a championship at greater odds than if there were only 2 teams in the league. Only Red Auerbach has come close to what PJ has done, but there were only 8 teams in the league back in Red's day.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

I love how those who have no clue talk about Coach K and Phil being overrated and that "any" coach can win with that talent.  I agree that it is easier to win with better talent but coaching the elite is a challenge in itself.  You have to mold a bunch of superstars into team players.  In Coach K's case, you have to continue to win and stay on top to keep enticing all-Americans and the like.  One does not build programs or dynasties without being a great coach.  And the Lakers.....they couldn't win being the old school showtime Lakers....they now play stifling defense, run a predictable, yet unstoppable offense, and basically put themselves in line to have a shot at winning the ring year in, year out.  Not because of Kobe or Pau........because of Phil Jackson knowing what it takes and how to mold a championship "team"...



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

The Lakers should stay in house and continue to run the triangle offense after Phil Jackson leaves.  Why change what's working -- and the triangle has worked for the Lakers (5 going on possible 6 championships) and in the NBA overall (Chicago and LA combining for 11 going on possible 12 titles).  Don't change now....the core of this team knows and plays the triangle so well, why would you try something different.



Since: Mar 12, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

And the jokes keep coming. Was that picture taken in a hotel room in Denver? Did Kobe have to buy his wife another huge diamond after she saw that picture? Is K trying to show Kobe his little blue devil? Is that how K gets all the best recruits?

HAHAHA THOSE WERE FUNNY



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 3:01 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

K loves to get close to his players... but this is ridiculous!!!



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

And the jokes keep coming. Was that picture taken in a hotel room in Denver? Did Kobe have to buy his wife another huge diamond after she saw that picture? Is K trying to show Kobe his little blue devil? Is that how K gets all the best recruits?



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Lakers were close to pulling Coach K from Duke

Kobe and K are about to make out. And where is K's other hand?


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