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Coach K Says Thanks But No Thanks To The Nets Coaching Job

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 03:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils gestures as he coaches in the first half against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the National Semifinal game of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Christopher ChavezAnalyst IIApril 5, 2010

Duke Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski has decided not to move on to the NBA and take up the job of New Jersey Nets head coach.

The Nets' Russian billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov decided to make an attempt at reeling in one of the NCAA's winningest coaches. Prokhorov reportedly has offered the head coaching job to Coach K with a salary that would make him the highest paid NBA coach.

Coach K tops the list of people that Prokhorov would like to bring to the organization once the NBA approves of his purchase of the team from Bruce Ratner. LeBron James is also at the top of that list.

Prokhorov is hoping that his team led by LeBron James and Chris Bosh will eventually win an NBA championship. Add the possibility of a No. 1 draft pick like John Wall or Evan Turner and the team is destined for greatness. The only spot that needs help is the coaching spot.

That is where Coach Krzyzewski comes in. 

Phil Jackson is currently the highest paid NBA coach with a salary of $12 million a year. Prokhorov is willing to offer Krzyzewski $12 million to $15 million. 

Currently Krzyzewski is preparing for Duke's chance of getting him a fourth NCAA championship as they take on Butler on Monday night. The official statement from Coach K states, "I wouldn't have any interest in the job. You would be flattered if someone would offer you a job, but I would not be interested."

Krzyzewski says he plan to stay at Duke even until after he finishes coaching and retires.

Is there any fear in him moving to the NBA? Several college basketball coaches have made the move and failed. Could it be any different for Krzyzewski? Rick Pitino failed. John Calipari failed. Billy Donovan got cold feet and back out.

Coach K is nothing like those guys. He is better. He was already able to coach professionals in the Olympics. He could have a legacy in Brooklyn as a head coach.

Imagine, Coach K under the lights of the Atlantic Yards Arena. LeBron James high-fiving his teammates such as Chris Bosh and Brook Lopez. John Wall is doing his dance for the fans during the announcement of the starting lineups. 

As Brooklyn Native Notorious BIG once said, "It was all a dream."

It could be real if LeBron and Chris Bosh sign with the Nets. It could be real if they get the No. 1 pick in the draft and choose to go with John Wall, who might leave Kentucky after one year. Coach K will only have to wait and see. The only risk in making the decision is that none of this is guaranteed. 

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