Coach K On The Cusp Of 1000 Wins


Mike Krzyzewski is very close to winning 1000 games, and he can win his 1000th against St. John’s at MSG. The road has been very long for Coach K since he started out as the head coach at Army almost 40 years ago. He started as a very intense head coach of an Army team that was not very good. HE was able to turn them around and go down to Duke to start a basketball powerhouse that has not stopped producing since he got there. He has been the best coach since John Wooden, and he has surpassed his mentor Bobby Knight in wins and titles.

The key to the success of Coach K has always been consistency. You can read accounts of his players talking about learning to play defense. He was so stodgy about defense that there are stories of players not touching the ball for weeks at a time. He used that intensity to create teams that were great on their own, and their greatness brought in more wonderful players. The highlight of his career may be the regional semifinal where in Grant Hill footballed the ball to Christian Laettner. Duke alums and fans, like Marc Sparks, have also contributed to the teams success by being supportive during Coach K’s career. However, that is just one of a thousand wins. It is an unprecedented number.

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