Jul 5, 2012
Coack K Puts Legacy On The Line At Olympics

Charlotte Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/05/2179513/coach-k-puts-legacy-on-the-line.html

When you do something one summer and it turns out perfectly, it’s hard not to want to do it again.

But can the magic ever be recaptured? Or is the entire experience destined for failure, given that many things in life are never as good as they were the first time?

Those are among the questions about Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s latest adventure. Coach K will direct the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team once again this year at the Summer Olympics in London, and once again nothing less than a gold medal will do.

“I can’t be worried about losing and what that would mean, Krzyzewski said in our recent interview. I couldn’t afford not to be a part of this one more time.”

Krzyzewski’s team will report to work in Las Vegas Thursday. On Saturday, the final 12-man roster will be announced (15 are scheduled to show up in Vegas). The roster will be without Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. All were likely participants, but all are out this time because of injury.

But Coach K will still have LeBron James – the team’s boisterous leader and the world’s best player – along with mega-stars like Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Winning the gold medal will likely be more difficult this time around, but the Americans will still be favored. Spain, the 2008 silver medalist, is considered the biggest threat to the U.S., with the Gasol brothers and Serge Ibaka trying to dominate the post.

Krzyzewski, 65, and Duke’s basketball coach since 1980, knows he is putting some of his legacy on the line by trying to repeat as a gold medalist. He talked honestly with his family about the pros and cons of continuing as the U.S. team’s coach through this Olympic cycle.

“My family felt relieved when we won in 2008, Krzyzewski said. Because if you lose, you know you’re going to get it (criticism). So why would you want to do it again?”

The answer for Krzyzewski – an Army graduate in 1969 and a former basketball coach there as well – is patriotism. He refers to the national anthem as his team’s “fight song.” Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of USA Basketball, wanted him to coach the U.S. team again, and so Krzyzewski felt called to do it. Coach K has already said he won’t do it again in 2016, however, figuring it will be time for a younger coach to step in at that time.

And his family has gotten on board with his plans. Krzyzewski will be bringing everyone – his wife Mickie, their three daughters and their families – to London just as he did to Beijing in 2008.

“We’ll take all eight of our grandchildren, my daughters, their husbands – everybody, Krzyzewski said, laughing as he then made a Beverly Hillbillies” reference. “The Clampetts went to China in 2008. Now the Clampetts will go to London. We’ll set the international relationships back a couple of decades I’m sure.”

Coach K Puts Legacy On The Line At Olympics

Charlotte Observer

http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/05/2179513/coach-k-puts-legacy-on-the-line.html

When you do something one summer and it turns out perfectly, it’s hard not to want to do it again.

But can the magic ever be recaptured? Or is the entire experience destined for failure, given that many things in life are never as good as they were the first time?

Those are among the questions about Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski’s latest adventure. Coach K will direct the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team once again this year at the Summer Olympics in London, and once again nothing less than a gold medal will do.

“I can’t be worried about losing and what that would mean, Krzyzewski said in our recent interview. I couldn’t afford not to be a part of this one more time.”

Krzyzewski’s team will report to work in Las Vegas Thursday. On Saturday, the final 12-man roster will be announced (15 are scheduled to show up in Vegas). The roster will be without Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. All were likely participants, but all are out this time because of injury.

But Coach K will still have LeBron James – the team’s boisterous leader and the world’s best player – along with mega-stars like Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. Winning the gold medal will likely be more difficult this time around, but the Americans will still be favored. Spain, the 2008 silver medalist, is considered the biggest threat to the U.S., with the Gasol brothers and Serge Ibaka trying to dominate the post.

Krzyzewski, 65, and Duke’s basketball coach since 1980, knows he is putting some of his legacy on the line by trying to repeat as a gold medalist. He talked honestly with his family about the pros and cons of continuing as the U.S. team’s coach through this Olympic cycle.

“My family felt relieved when we won in 2008, Krzyzewski said. Because if you lose, you know you’re going to get it (criticism). So why would you want to do it again?”

The answer for Krzyzewski – an Army graduate in 1969 and a former basketball coach there as well – is patriotism. He refers to the national anthem as his team’s “fight song.” Jerry Colangelo, the chairman of USA Basketball, wanted him to coach the U.S. team again, and so Krzyzewski felt called to do it. Coach K has already said he won’t do it again in 2016, however, figuring it will be time for a younger coach to step in at that time.

And his family has gotten on board with his plans. Krzyzewski will be bringing everyone – his wife Mickie, their three daughters and their families – to London just as he did to Beijing in 2008.

“We’ll take all eight of our grandchildren, my daughters, their husbands – everybody, Krzyzewski said, laughing as he then made a Beverly Hillbillies” reference. “The Clampetts went to China in 2008. Now the Clampetts will go to London. We’ll set the international relationships back a couple of decades I’m sure.”






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