Staff Writer: Ryan Ward
The Duke Blue Devils are coming off their fourth NCAA National Championship in the school’s history. Over the past 20 years or so the Blue Devils have been amongst the best college basketball programs in the country as they always seem to drawing great players and of course have one of the best head coaches in the history of college basketball in Coach K.
No matter how many times head coach of a big game college basketball program says that they do not want to coach on the next level they always get offers and are surrounded constantly with speculation about future coaching in the NBA.
There has been no coach in college basketball that has been more sought after than the Duke Blue Devils Mike Krzyzewski has all sorts of teams from the Los Angeles Lakers to the New Jersey Nets and I’m get their hands on Coach K.
Before Phil Jackson decided to come back to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant was doing all he could do to bring in Coach K. as he almost convinced Kobe to pass on the NBA and play at Duke.
Not only has Coach K. been successful with great basketball players in their transition to the NBA, but he’s also had success coaching some of the league’s best players as he was the coach of the Redeem team that brought back the gold medal two summers ago.
So as if it’s not impressive enough that Coach K. has the respect of his college players every single season, he also has respect of the league’s best players like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
Needless to say, all of these players would love to have a coach like Mike Krzyzewski, but unfortunately it seems as though he is more than satisfied with his college basketball program and after winning a fourth national title who can really blame him.
This season the New Jersey Nets have been by far the worst team in the NBA and are going through serious transition phase some drastic changes on the horizon. They will have a new owner, new coach and if they’re lucky a big name free agent on the roster next season, but as of right now they seem to have their sights set on going after Coach K. to take over the New Jersey Nets moving forward.
Obviously if Coach K. did decide to go coach the New Jersey Nets next season it would have a great impact on some of the players around the league and their decision on what team to play for next year.
With all respect Coach K. garners with the best players in the league, I wouldn’t be surprised to see players like LeBron James, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade considering signing with the worst team in the league has Coach K. has that much pull to do such a thing and is one of the main reasons he is always offered jobs on the next level.