A new video of the conversation between Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Oregon forward Dillon Brooks emerged Friday night. The footage supports the Ducks star's version of the events following his team's Sweet 16 victory over the Blue Devils on Thursday.
Twice he tells Brooks he's "too good of a player to do that," in reference to a long-distance three in the final seconds with the result already decided.
Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk provided a version of the video that includes enhanced audio of Coach K's remarks in the handshake line.
Here is a look at the exchange:
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Per Myron Medcalf of ESPN.com, Brooks stated after the game that Krzyzewski told him he's "too good of a player to be showing off at the end." The longtime Duke coach had previously denied making those types of comments, though.
"I didn't say that," Krzyzewski said. "You can say whatever you want. Dillon Brooks is a hell of a player. I said, 'You're a terrific player.' And you can take whatever he said and then go with it, all right?"
Oregon head coach Dana Altman took responsibility for the meaningless basket Friday. He told reporters he instructed his leading scorer to shoot with the shot clock winding down, per Abbey Mastracco of the Associated Press:
At the end of the game, there was a difference in the shot clock and the game clock. I told Dillon to shoot it. So if anybody's got a problem with it, it should be directed at me. He was acting on my orders. I told him to shoot it. I didn't think he'd make it. It was a 30-footer, but there was a five-, six-second difference there.
Krzyzewski said he called Altman on Saturday to apologize, per Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News:
Today, I spoke with Oregon head coach Dana Altman and apologized to him for my remarks to Dillon Brooks following our game. It is not my place to talk to another team's player and doing so took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played.
In the postgame press conference, I reacted incorrectly to a reporter's question about my comment to Dillon. Clearly, the story that night was about Oregon advancing to the Elite Eight, and the outstanding game they played. I sincerely hope I did not create a distraction for Coach Altman and his team at this critical time of year. Certainly, I have the utmost respect for the Oregon program and their tremendous accomplishments.
Those midcourt conversations after the game usually go unnoticed. But since the television cameras caught Krzyzewski and Brooks having a lengthier discussion, it started a firestorm that took on a life of its own after they provided different versions of the talk.
Oregon will likely hope the release of a video that supports Brooks' account puts the issue to rest. It should have never become such a potential distraction in the first place.
The Ducks have more important things to worry about. They are set to battle Oklahoma on Saturday night with a chance to win the West Region and advance to the Final Four.
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