Numerous NBA teams expected to be in the market for new head coaches this summer—such as the Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers—may have to cross Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzewski off their wish lists.
ESPN’s Arash Markazi relayed the following quote from Coach K via Twitter:
When I asked him if he'd be interested in leaving Duke and coaching in the NBA he said, "I'm too old to do anything else."— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) March 21, 2014
It’s certainly not outrageous to think Krzyzewski could coach at the professional level as a 67-year-old. After all, former NBA head coach Hubie Brown won Coach of the Year honors in 2003-04, while with the Memphis Grizzlies, when he was 70.
Former Golden State Warriors head coach Don Nelson led his team from the sidelines in 2009-10 at the same age.
Of course, Coach K’s comment might have been made in jest as a means of deflecting the question. He holds one of the most prestigious head coaching jobs in college basketball at Duke, and he decided in August of last year to return as coach of USA Basketball, per Sports Illustrated’s Ben Golliver.
I think it's fair to say he has enough jobs to keep himself busy.
Losing a first-round matchup against Mercer in the NCAA tournament had to have left a sour taste in his mouth, but it sounds as if he’s content staying put in Durham, N.C., for the foreseeable future.
Duke standout Jabari Parker is likely headed to the NBA after winning the Wayman Tisdale Award presented to the nation’s top freshman. Krzyzewski’s focus will likely be tied to his team’s outlook without Parker, rather than a possible stint in the NBA.