Durham, N.C. – Every summer, college coaches around the country meet with the media, and today it was Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s turn. Krzyzewski is heading into his 30th season as the Duke Men’s Basketball Coach and he covered a myriad of subjects, from his involvement with Team USA to the fact that he’ll finish his coaching career at Duke.
Krzyzewski wasted no time in dispelling rumors that he would entertain coaching the Los Angeles Lakers. In fact, he made it clear that he would finish out his career at Duke University. “I will never leave Duke until I finish coaching. I’m not leaving Duke, said Krzyzewski. Furthermore, he wanted to end any future speculation and stated his case emphatically. He went on to say that he didn’t want his players to ever think he was entertaining other jobs.
Just prior to ending that rumor, he addressed the Elliot Williams transfer by stating that the decision was what was best for his family. He refused to go into any more detail and made it clear that he didn’t want to discuss it further. While some will certainly speculate that there had to be more to it, Krzyzewski was simply trying to move on and concentrate on his 2009-10 team.
Naturally, the question of two guards came up and if you have been following the program you should have known the answer coming. Krzyzewski once again used the question as an opportunity to state that Duke did not look at players as guards, forwards, etc. Instead, they look at players as players and they have never called kids traditional positions during his tenure.
Of course, questions still came about who would handle the ball and Kryzyewzski asked the reporter who handled the ball last season at Duke. His point was that Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith return. “We had less turnovers when Scheyer took over than we did all year,” said Krzyzewski.
Again, if you have followed the program over the years, you realize that Kryzyzewski chooses to look at the positives even if there is a lack of depth in the back court. He also mentioned that Jordan Davidson would be back from off-season back surgery and that he knew the system and he could steal a couple of minutes.
Krzyzewski also lauded the play of Liberty transfer Seth Curry and mentioned how he would help in practice playing the role of the other team’s scorer.
When incoming freshmen Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly came up, Krzyzewski said that both would see significant time in their first season. He said that Plumlee and Kelly were both highly skilled and easy to play with. He discussed several of his players, but oddly, nobody really asked about Kyle Singler.
When asked if he’d coach Team USA again, Kryzyzewski pointed to July 21st as the date that the coach would be announced. He made it clear that he would always be involved with USA Basketball in some way.
And if you need some board chatter, try this one on: “We never stop recruiting,” replied Krzyzewski when asked if they were still looking at the 2009 class.
Below is a portion of the event on audio. We’ll discuss the press conference in more detail on our message boards and give you our extended thoughts on the event.