Krzyzewski turns down offer to coach Lakers
Krzyzewski declined what he called «an option» to coach the Los Angeles Lakers, reportedly for $40 million over five years, citing the passion for a campus that has been his family's home for 24 seasons, 621 victories and three national championships.
«Your heart has to be in whatever you lead,» he said. «It became apparent that this decision was somewhat easier to make because you have to follow your heart and lead with it. Duke has always taken up my whole heart.» (Related items: Audio: Why he's staying What's ahead at Duke.)
Krzyzewski, who has a lifetime contract at the university, will continue as a special assistant to the president, one of several significant roles he plays on the Duke campus separate from basketball. «We feel like we're really a part of this university in every aspect,» he said. «There's no. price tag for that. I don't know. It makes you lead a nice life.»
The terms of his contract aren't public. He arrived at the decision late Sunday night but decided to wait until Monday morning to inform his new boss. «I wasn't sure of the sleeping habits of my new president,» Krzyzewski said. coach factory outlet online
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Krzyzewski said the timing of the Lakers' offer and the team's prominence made their offer tempting. But he never got to the point of being ready to leave.
«The decision has always been to stay at Duke. It would have to be something changing (that),» he said.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak first made his interest in hiring Krzyzewski clear during conversations the two had around the time of the NBA draft, Krzyzewski said. Kupchak met with Krzyzewski in North Carolina and offered him the job last Thursday. cheap real jordans
Even Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who was recruited by Krzyzewski while in high school, reportedly tried to persuade «Coach K» to take the job. michael kors outlet
«We're disappointed because we would have liked to have brought coach Krzyzewski to Los Angeles,» Kupchak said Monday night. «We thought he would have been a wonderful coach.»
Krzyzewski's announcement was welcome news for Duke fans, players and administrators, who had waited anxiously for a decision.
Still, Krzyzewski, who has had several flirtations with the NBA and came close to leaving to coach the Boston Celtics in 1990, declined to rule out the possibility of ever coaching in the pros. coach online outlet
«I don't want to say never, but I also don't want to lead anyone on.. I want to coach for a long time,» he said. coach diaper bag
Kupchak said he believed the Lakers' chance of getting Krzyzewski was remote even after the parties met. real cheap jordans
«We knew what we were up against, but if you don't ask, you don't know,» Kupchak said. coach purses outlet
The Lakers have been searching for a new coach since June 18, when they announced Phil Jackson wouldn't return next season. That was three days after they lost to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals.
The 57 year old Krzyzewski has a 621 181 record at Duke, leading the Blue Devils to championships in 1991, 1992 and 2001. Under Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils have 10 Final Four appearances, eight Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championships and 10 conference regular season titles. He signed a lifetime contract with the school three years ago.
His Duke teams have been ranked No. 1 in 12 seasons, including each of the last seven. With his team's success on and off the court, Krzyzewski like John Wooden did at UCLA and Dean Smith at North Carolina has become the personification of Duke basketball.
Current Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said he wasn't surprised by Krzyzewski's decision. coachoutlet.com
«Mike has accomplished so much at Duke, and his roots are so deep that I thought it would be difficult for him to leave,» Williams said. «I'm sure he felt it was in the best interest for him and his family. I know it is great for college basketball.»
Krzyzewski called his players Monday morning to tell them he was staying. cheap real jordans
«When I first heard about this situation, I was pretty upset,» guard Sean Dockery said. «Today, it was the best news when I heard he's coming back to coach us.» polo outlet online
David McClure, a Duke recruit from Ridgefield, Conn., was also heartened to hear the news.
«It was an incredible relief,» McClure told The Associated Press. «All I can say is I'm speechless. I'm so happy he's staying.» polo outlet
Former Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich had been considered a front runner to succeed Jackson with the Lakers. He has met with team owner Jerry Buss and Kupchak.
Former Lakers coach Pat Riley, an executive with the Miami Heat, also met with Buss and Kupchak, but issued a statement saying he wasn't a candidate.
Others mentioned have been Kurt Rambis and Jim Cleamons, members of Jackson's staff. michael kors canada
But the Lakers appeared most interested in trying to lure Krzyzewski from Duke, a private school where basketball has a rabid following among the 6,300 students.
The Cameron Indoor Stadium hardwood is named «Coach K Court.» Outside the arena, a sign designates the grassy plot where students camp out to attend games as «Krzyzewskiville,» where the coach has been known to occasionally buy pizzas for the waiting «Cameron Crazies.»