Tuesday, June 26, 2007


According to Yahoo Sports, Duke Coach Mike Krzxcnvbgh5dski has issues with “scrutiny.” Huh?

In an article today:

He's also eager to make amends for a disappointing, 22-11 season at Duke. His inconsistent, youth-laden team closed with four straight losses. The last one, a 69-67 loss to Virginia Commonwealth, gave the Blue Devils their first one-and-done in the NCAA tournament since 1996.

"We played a year where people, right from the beginning, treated us like Duke" of the past, Krzyzewski said. "We were always that team. Always. And that took its toll on those young kids. By the end of the year, we were worn out."

One reason: for the first time in years, Duke didn't have a productive senior to take the pressure off the younger players. That shouldn't be the case this year, Krzyzewski said, because rising sophomores Jon Scheyer and Gerald Henderson were hardened after spending their freshman season in the unrelenting spotlight.

"They were more closely scrutinized last year because you didn't have a senior that they were normally focusing on," Krzyzewski said. "When you have that scrutiny, you're not ready for it, and you are going to go up and down. ... They had an incredible amount of experience that a lot of freshman classes wouldn't get, plus the experience of being closely scrutinized.

Krzyzewski spoke at the Emily Krzyzewski Family Life Center, a gym and community center near downtown Durham named after Coach K's late mother.

"Just walking past the court makes me want to get another court," Krzyzewski said. "Forget about another title -- I would like to have another court."

Scrutinized? Another court? What next? Rodeo?

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