Krzyzewski gives his thoughts on how much coaching experience helps in tournament games:
I think it has some significance, there’s no question about it. If you’re visiting Paris, it’s nice to have a guide who knows what the heck is going on in Paris. So you can be a guide to your team. What you have to do, though, if you have been in it a number of times, is make sure that you get into the moment of your players and not your moment as the veteran. … I think one of the main things where it helps is the people around you, your staff.
Krzyzewski speaks about conference realignment:
It’s happening, so we have to deal with it, but I think a lot of people who make those decisions, they don’t feel that decision or the impact of the decision. … In other words, the people who made the decision at Maryland were not part of the Maryland history. It was kind of a hidden thing, like a two- or three-person decision, really. All of the sudden you see that could be the last Duke-Maryland game in College Park. Well, that’s reality. When you make these decisions, it’s not about the big splash. It’s about the splash and whatever ripples would occur.
Krzyzewski gives his thoughts about why he hasn’t left Duke for another coaching job:
That and I really do love Duke and I love college basketball. I think if your family was spread out all over then somebody might be living in L.A. and somebody might be living in Denver and Dallas and Chicago. That is the criteria. How crazy is that? I would’ve been moving away from my daughters instead of my daughters moving away from us. That was part of the decision making process, there’s no doubt about that.
Krzyzewski comments on the one and done rule in college basketball:
I think if you’re going to stay in the business, you better be comfortable with it because that’s the environment. The thing about college basketball is the decision’s made above us — not by the NCAA, but by the NBA and the Player’s Union — it really determines the environment for college basketball in that regard. I don’t see that changing. I think the one and done has been really good for the NBA. I’m not sure it’s been as good for the Player’s Union, but it’s been good for the NBA because they get to market a high school talent for at least a year.
Kryzyzewski talks about changing the format of the Olympics basketball tournament:
I think the format is good, but I think you always have to look at new things. If you’re going to elevate the World Championships to some type of a World Cup status, you have to consider that. But, maybe on a drawing board. But it’s a long way from actually happening. I think if it would be a 23-and-under format, it would be advantage for our country because our youth teams usually win in international competition.
Krzyzewski gives his thoughts on the problems of college basketball:
First of all college basketball doesn’t control college basketball. The NBA controls college basketball. They are the ones along with the players union that sets the rule. College basketball just reacts to what the NBA does to include the early entry date. College basketball put out April 10th. Well that date doesn’t mean anything. April 29th is when guys have a chance to put their names in the NBA draft. I think one of the main things that has to happen is college basketball has to have a relationship with the NBA.
Krzyzewski gives his thoughts on how Duke has played during the season:
I like the fact that we’ve won 19 out of 23 games against an extremely difficult schedule, one of the top schedules in the country. I’m not happy with the way we’ve developed. Based on that schedule, we should’ve learned more, so that we wouldn’t be inconsistent from game-to-game and within a game. We can play really good basketball at times, or for a game, and then all of the sudden not play well.
Krzyzewski talks about which coaching bothers him the most:
Probably the worst lose was at the end of my third year. We lost 109-66 to Ralph Sampson and Virginia in the ACC tournament. He played the whole game. There were a lot of people who wanted me fired and a lot of our money givers. That could have been the breaking point.
Krzyzewski shares his thoughts on coaching the 2008 U.S. Basketball team:
First of all, I had an incredible advantage, two incredible advantages. One, working for Jerry Colangelo, who heads USA basketball, former owner of the Phoenix Suns and really one of the top men in our country. He basically put it out there to each of the players what was expected of them and I followed up with that. Second, we said they were playing for their country, not for the Lakers or Cleveland or Miami or the Knicks or Denver. They understood that this was something bigger than any one individual. … They were marvelous. All of them, to a man, said to me, ‘Coach, whatever you want me to do, I’ll do.
Kryzyzewski gives his thoughts on why people hate Duke:
To be quite frank with you, there are more people who love Duke. We’re as popular a team in the United States, but we are also a hated team because we have won and it is okay. I had John Thompson on my Sirius XM show and he talked about anger based on competition, it’s competitive anger. I am okay with that, with somebody saying I want Duke to lose because they have won. When you attack the standards that our guys have had, that’s a different type of anger and then you should get help because then you got a problem, and it is not my problem, it is your problem. But competitive anger I’m good with.
Krzyzewski comments on Irving’s injury:
The latest is the same and it’s he’s going to be out an extended period of time. We’re having him see a couple of the best people in the country. We have one of the best people in the country right here at Duke in Jim Nunnely, and he’ll see a couple other people over the course of the next several weeks. We have a course of action in seeing people and while he’s seeing those people, he’s in a position where recovery is taking place. However, it’s a very sensitive injury and there’s a few different methods you would go about in treating it, and we want to make sure that the method we’re using ensures his career.
Krzyzewski speaks about what motivates him to keep coaching:
I love doing it. It’s not any type of set goal. I’ve never done that, like number of wins in a season. I want to win a championship every year. That’s there, but also for me, just coaching really good players. If you’re a teacher, if you have a great student, they motivate you. I’ve got two of the best kids in the whole world who are seniors, in Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith. And they’re warriors. And then I’ve got these young guys who are trying to learn from them and learn from us. You like being around the people you’re with. It makes it easy.
Krzyzewski talks about the United States winning the World Championship:
This was really one of the big wins ever for USA Basketball for a number of reasons. One, just to win a World Championship which we haven’t done very often, haven’t done in 16 years. Two it gets us qualified for the Olympics. The World Champion has one of the spots guaranteed in the 2012 Olympics. It makes sure we don’t have to qualify next summer so we don’t have to play next summer. It also continues us in good stead, gold standard stead by winning the Olympics and now the World Championships. This year the under 17, under 18, and under 19 teams also won gold. It’s a fantastic year for USA Basketball.
Krzyzewski discusses the difference between coaching players and pro players:
It’s different because I think actually some of the kids you deal with now, most of them you’re trying to develop their egos because they’re young men. They’re trying to find themselves. A lot of them are trying to find themselves as players, as people, and that’s what you’re doing. That’s what happens a lot in college so that’s one of the really interesting things about coaching in college. In the pros, a lot of the egos are pretty much established although with the USA team now, I have a lot of young guys who I think are still developing that and still developing who they’re going to be. Kobe knows who he is going to be and is. Dwyane Wade and guys like that. Jason Kidd, when you’re dealing with guys like that they are established.
Kryzyzewski speaks about his strategy in the final seconds of Duke’s NCAA championship victory:
Well, first of all, you can do it a number of different ways. And each game, you have to know what the game has done thus far. And the last 9 minutes of that game, Zoubek played with four fouls; the last 5 minutes, Lance Thomas played with four fouls. Going into overtime, for me, is a conservative way of looking at it. It’s not an alternative. I did not want to go into overtime. If we hit the free throw and they somehow hit a three, then we’re okay, we don’t lose. I wasn’t thinking for this game in that way.
Kryzyzewski talks about Duke’s upcoming game against West Virginia:
I think you have to go into a game expecting that you are going to win, and, if you don’t you have lost already. You have to prepare like you are going to win. Do you like expect that it is going to be easy or whatever? No but you have to go about it feeling like you are going to win and I am sure that Bob is going to do the same thing with his team.
Kryzyzewski talks about how complete Duke is this season:
I think it’s more than fair. Whether we win the National Title or not, I think we’re competitive. It’s such a hard thing to win. This team has a chance. It’s not a great team, but it’s a very good team. It can play defense and it’s really together as a group. It can score enough points and it can rebound. It doesn’t play all aspects of the game – it’s not a pressing team, we can’t force tempo and stuff like that. But it has a chance. It’s been awhile since we’ve not had a hole that someone can exploit.
Krzyzewski gives his thoughts about coaching in the NBA:
I love the pro game. I love the guys I have a chance to work with in the summer.We are getting ready for the World Championships this summer. We have a pool of about 30 players that we’ll choose from and those guys are great. If I was a younger guy and had some of the success I’ve had in the college game, there is a good chance I would go to the pros. The last time was with the Lakers – five or six years ago. I had created so much equity and it was too good to leave. But with the Lakers in LA, you know is a basketball town. And with Kobe and Mitch, they do a great job. I don’t go there and they get the best coach of all-time.
Krzyzewski comments on coaching his 1000th game:
Afterwards when I got together with family and former players and that was it. I really tried to downplay that with my team because Maryland is so good. They have done a great job with their team. It couldn’t be because we’re playing in my 1000th game that we’re gonna win. We had to prepare for it the same way. You put a lid on your emotions and then afterwards it was just neat to see so many players, managers and people that have been a part of our program for 30 years back and that was a nice thing.
Krzyzewski talks about possibly coaching the Los Angeles Lakers:
Well, I don’t reflect back because it was so intense and there was so much going on at that moment that you were lucky to have that opportunity. And it was fairly close because Mitch Kupchak did an amazing job – and has done an amazing job since then – and L.A. is a storied franchise and you’d have a chance to coach Kobe but at the end of the day, I really love coaching in college and coaching at Duke.
Krzyzewski discusses coaching the 2008 U.S. Basketball team to a gold medal:
I don’t think you can coach them and be their coach and be star struck. I love these guys. What I found myself at different times is saying wow, here I am coaching and I’d like to do this at the highest level and guess what, we are.…I can remember Chris Bosh stepping out on a ball screen and I watched it on tape and I said, I’ve never seen a guy get that wide when stepping in. It was like a discovery. I don’t want to equate it to medicine but it was like, I’ve never seen that.
Kryzyzewski talks about coaching adjustments he has made during the season:
We needed to make a change a few weeks ago because we just could not defend the point (guard) of another team well. We were turning the ball over a little too much and not getting into our offense. Moving (Jon) Scheyer to the being the ball handler and Elliot Williams as the guy pressuring the ball, its like a double change to really alleviate a problem at the point of our attack.
Kryzyzewski comments on an upcoming game against Villanova:
They’re playing their best basketball of the season. We’re actually pretty similar. We’re perimeter oriented, both of our teams. Neither team has a real strong low post presence, although (Dante) Cunningham. Their perimeter is outstanding, (Scottie) Reynolds being the key guy. He can put up 30 points on you.