Wednesday, July 1, 2009

PHIL JACKSON OUT IN L.A., KRZYHFGX9SKI IN?

Multimedia - Coach K says he's staying at Duke newsobserver.com blogs

Before a single question was asked at his press conference Tuesday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski put to rest any unsubstantiated rumors that he was leaving for the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I will never leave Duke until I leave coaching," he said. "I'm not going to the Lakers. They have one of the great coaches in the game [in Phil Jackson]. I can't do it as well as he can."
Krzyzewski had flirted with joining the Lakers in the summer of 2004, but ultimately decided to stay with Duke after turning down a five-year, $40 million deal.

Krzyzewski also said USA Basketball will announce the coaching staff for the national team on July 21 in Las Vegas at the conclusion of a four-day basketball camp featuring 25 NBA players, including younger stars Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and recent No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin.

Discussions are still ongoing for who will be on the staff, but Krzyzewski said he will be a part of USA Basketball in some form.

"Whether I coach or not, I've put in too much to leave," he said.

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