No matter what you may hear or read in the coming day and summertime months, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski cannot be bought.
Money is not an issue for a coach that has won four NCAA Titles with the Blue Devils and restored USA Basketball to glory by bringing home the gold.
Trust me when I say this: Coach K can’t be bought.
The latest rumors hitting the screens is that New Jersey’s new billionaire owner will be offering Coach K somewhere between $12 million to $15 million per season, which is twice what he admittedly turned down with the Lakers in 2004.
You know what though? So what.
Nothing, not millions or billions or trillions, can lure Coach K away from the job of a lifetime in Durham, North Carolina.
Don’t forget we’re also talking about America’s Coach, and he’ll be leading Team USA from here until who-knows-when; so why the heck would he go take over a New Jersey Nets program that isn’t heading anywhere in the near future, no matter what the price-tag on his contract may be?
The LA Lakers are one thing; but the Nets?
You’ve got to be kidding me.
Here are five reasons that I believe Coach K won’t be leaving Durham anytime soon; and if you want my honest opinion, I think Krzyzewski will be at Duke for life…
In the words of Dickie V (or Dick Vitale if you want to be politically correct), “that’s right, baby!”
Coach K and Duke now have four NCAA Championships and counting: starting with those back-to-backs in 1991 and 1992 before winning again in 2001 and 2010.
And there’s more to come for Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.
Why would Coach K leave that?
Will it matter how much money this new billionaire owner throws at Krzyzewski?
No; Coach K isn’t going anywhere.
Krzyzewskiville is in Durham, North Carolina to stay; and Duke’s men’s basketball head coach won’t be leaving that campus anytime soon (if ever).
With Coach K and the Blue Devils cutting down the nets in 2010, it’s makes it even more unlikely that Mike Krzyzewski is leaving Duke anytime soon.
Kyle Singler is coming back for another season, Coach K has a remarkable signing class, and he’s on top of the world in college basketball.
Trust me; Coach K will not leave Duke.
And that’s one of the things I love about the Dukies and Coach K: this guy means what he says, and he’s more than just words.
Coach K is the real thing, and there’s absolutely no wonder whatsoever that kids want to and desire to play for him.
From top to bottom, Krzyzewski is the epitome of all things great on the NCAA hardwood.
Mike Krzyzewski has done a whole lot more than just win on the college hardwood; he’s also done it with professional players.
Taking over the helm of the USA Basketball program prior to the team’s trip to China, Coach K helped restore America’s hoops program in the Olympics, and he’s not even close to finished with that job.
More gold medals are in store for Team USA with Coach K at the helm, and Krzyzewski may soon have as many gold medals as he does NCAA Titles.
One way or the other, Coach K isn’t leaving Duke.
Coach K isn’t the New Jersey Nets next coach.
And Coach K will be America’s Coach from here to eternity (at least as far as I can tell).
Duke-haters and those that can’t stand the Blue Devils need to wake up and realize one simple fact: Mike Krzyzewski is the best damn coach in all of sports.
There are plenty of reasons for Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to remain at Duke, beginning and ending with the kids that make commitments to him year-in and year-out.
Not only would taking a job for money alone be a slap in the face to everything Coach K stands for, but it would also make Krzyzewski out to be a hypocrite in what he tells the kids he’s recruiting.
And I don’t think for a second that Coach K is a hypocritical person; in fact, he’s far from it and it’s another one of those things that I love and admire about Krzyzewski and the remarkable job he’s accomplished as Duke’s head coach.
Coach K is all about family, love, and team work.
He’s not going anywhere; not now, not ever.
The LA Lakers are one thing, especially considering you’re talking about taking over a program with a top-notch athlete like Kobe Bryant.
In the same breath, it’s amazing to me that Coach K can even work with a guy like Bryant; he seems like the exact opposite of the type of kids Mike Krzyzewski recruits, but maybe there’s more to Kobe than meets the eye.
My point is simple: the Lakers have a highly-competitive basketball team every single year; the New Jersey Nets suck and are likely not going anywhere in, say, the next five-plus years.
Turning down LA may have been tough for Coach K, but saying no to the Nets should be pretty easy for Duke’s head coach.
People can hate it all they want, but swallow hard: Krzyzewski is a Blue Devil for life…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at email@example.com