ANAHEIM, Calif. - It’s an occurrence as certain as death, taxes and overzealous Duke students screaming so loud at Cameron Indoor Stadium that their spit lands on the back of the necks of reporters seated on press row.
Duke is deep in the NCAA tournament. And somebody in the media is trying to tie coach Mike Krzyzewski to an NBA job.
According to ESPN.com, Colin Cowherd discussed today on his show whether Krzyzewski should replace Phil Jackson as the Lakers’ coach. But Krzyzewski was asked about coaching in the NBA on Wednesday.
“I've never thought of ever leaving Duke for another school,” Krzyzewski said, “but there were three serious times where I almost left to go to the pros, one was when Dave Gavitt took over the Celtics, and another was with the Trail Blazers, but one that I took to a far level was the Lakers situation, and they were great with me. I could not give up what I've got, what I have at Duke. It just wasn't worth it.
“I didn't know that I would have the opportunity to coach internationally again until Jerry Colangelo asked me and I've loved that and it's made me a better coach. I love the NBA, but it made me love the NBA more.
“I'm good with where I'm at. I'm too old to do anything else.”
The question of Krzyzewski and the NBA came up last year at the Final Four, too. The Bergen Record, citing anonymous sources, reported that incoming New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov would offer Krzyzewski $12 million to $15 million per season.
Krzyzewski quickly issued a statement, saying he would not be interested.
Sure enough, he returned to coach at Cameron and its supportive students. On Wednesday, he sounded like that’s where he wants to stay.