Duke Basketball’s team viewing of USA Basketball’s 2014 Gold Medal Game. Full gallery at DukeBluePlanet.
And rightfully so.
Adrian Wojnarowski’s article was just wrong on so many levels. Coach K was mostly angry about the claim that the picture of him and Paul George in the hospital was staged for publicity: "To say that I orchestrated that and used Paul George to show that I was a good guy is really wrong. If you want to think that, then you are a bad person."
“The thing that [Adrian] Wojnarowski wrote was completely off-base. The thing I hate about writers is they want to state their case and they use false information. He put in that Mike [Krzyzewski] went to the hospital [to visit Paul George] for publicity. Paul George’s parents took the picture. They put it out there. We had no cameraman. It was his parents. That was unbelievably low.”
—Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, defending Coach K against Adrian Wojnarowski’s claims that the picture of Coach K visiting Paul George in the hospital was taken by a USA Basketball official in order for Krzyzewski to get some good publicity
Some of this year’s NBA rookies (including Duke’s own Jabari Parker, of course) re-created a classic SLAM Magazine cover from 1997, which featured rookies such as Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Ray Allen. (x)
This has got to be one of the most bitter, sorry articles I’ve ever read. Adrian Wojnarowski clearly has some sort of underlying issue with Coach K.
He spends the entire article basically bashing K’s involvement with USA Basketball—saying he’s only using it for his own personal gain, for media attention, to sway high school recruits towards Duke. He says that K is dishonest with his intentions, that he exploits his contact with NBA players, that he’s sneaky and fooling everyone into thinking that he really gives a damn about USA Basketball and the events they participate in. He also has the audacity to pin K up against Coach Calipari a couple of times and make Calipari seem like a victim of some sort.
It’s practically libel. And I’ve gotta ask:
Why shouldn’t he use his accomplishments for his own gain? Why shouldn’t he be proud of what he’s done? Why shouldn’t he use his accomplishments to impress recruits? I mean, what exactly do you want him to say? “I haven’t really done anything great in my coaching career, but you should come to Duke anyway. I’m a good coach, I swear.” No. He’s worked with LeBron, Kobe, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose—guys that high school players look up to and even worship. He’s won Gold Medals with them. Those guys have nothing but great things to say about Coach K and how he’s impacted their lives both on and off the court. Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach like that?
The way I see it, Adrian Wojnarowski can be bitter and write as many pieces as he wants belittling Coach K and what he’s done for USA Basketball, but that won’t take away any of the Gold Medals from Coach K’s resume. That won’t take away the friendships and bonds he’s made with the world’s greatest players. That won’t take away his coaching ability, his ability to create a winning, cohesive team out of talented guys that haven’t played together before. That won’t take away thousands and thousands of people believing that he is the greatest coach of all time.
With school starting back up in the middle of everything, I did a terrible job of posting and updating about USA Basketball and the FIBA World Cup. But I’m still very proud of that team, and so proud of Coach K for leading them to the Gold Medal once again! He is, quite literally, the Gold Standard of coaching.