End of an Era for Duke Basketball?

Posted: April 6, 2010 in NBA, NCAA Men's Basketball
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In what most  expected to be an exceptionally lame and boring NCAA National Championship game between the Duke Blue Devils and Butler Bulldogs actually ended up turning into a phenomenal game for the ages.  This game was a low scoring affair, but the action was non-stop and fans definitely got their money worth.  There were countless lead changes and even with 3.6 seconds left on the clock and Duke’s Brian Zoubek on the line shooting free throws, something was lingering in the air that made you feel like Butler would still have a chance to win the game.  Well, that’s exactly what happened.  After Hayward rebounded the intentional missed free throw by Zoubek, he took a couple dribbles and heaved a half court shot that hit the backboard and bounced off the front of the rim before just bouncing out of the basket.  The mere site of that ball nearly going in had to have caused Coach Mike Krzyzewski to slightly wet his pants and numerous other coaches and players on the Duke sidelines.  However, the ball missed and Duke will now hoist its fourth National Championship banner in the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With this win, Coach Krzyzewski adds another impressive stat and championship to his already unbelievable resume, but does this victory spell the end of an era for one of the greatest college coaches ever?  I think it very well might!  With the New Jersey Nets currently looking for a high-profile coach, the Net’s incoming Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov getting ready to take the reigns and a supposed 12-15 million dollar a season contract on the table; why wouldn’t he jump to the NBA?  Coach K has done and won everything he possibly can at the college basketball level.   I understand that he has been with the program for ages and he has arguably the greatest set up any college coach could possibly ask for; but the challenge of winning at the NBA level may be appealing enough to bring him to New Jersey.  That or the fact that he would be making more money than a vast majority of the players the National Basketball Association is made up of.

It wouldn’t be dumb of you to use the past failures of Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Florida’s Billy Donovan to help justify staying in the college ranks, but all you have to do is take a look inside his big old office and see that Olympic gold medal hanging over his fireplace to see he can bring the goods to the next level.  Coach K isn’t a typical coach who tries to use all of these psychological tactics to motivate college players that clearly wouldn’t work in the next level.  However, he is a coach who prepares and studies with the best of coaches at any level.  His attention to detail and the respect he as already gained with the NBA’s elite (Kobe, Lebron, Carmelo, etc) would give him instant credibility and force players to respect and buy into his game plans.  Coach K isn’t getting any younger and doesn’t the mere idea or illusion of being a coach who has won a college national championship and NBA title out weigh the speculation failure?  I’m pretty sure no matter what happens, when all is said and done Coach Krzyzewski will be immortalized in the Basketball Hall of Fame.  Honestly coach, you have a lot less to lose and so much more to gain then what most think.  Give it a shot!

  1. David Sisler says:

    Coach Billy Donovan has never coached a game in the NBA. How does that constitute a “failure”.

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