Wednesday, November 16, 2011

903 And Kounting...

(Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
And, that would be that.

It didn’t happen on Coack K Court in Cameron Indoor Stadium, but by all accounts Mike Krzyzewski simply wanted it over with as soon as possible.

His latest bunch of Duke Blue Devils made that happen when they defeated Michigan State last night 74-69 at Madison Square Garden.  The win was number 903 in Coach K’s illustrious career.

The victory sent Krzyzewski past Bobby Knight, Coach K's college coach at Army and his mentor throughout his professional career.

Knight was in the building at the ESPN broadcast table, as were several former Duke stars and currently out-of-work NBA players as part of a sellout crowd of 19,979 in Madison Square Garden. Yes, Spike Lee was in the house.

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Post game, Krzyzewski went across the court to hug Knight. Krzyzewski, tears in his eyes, broke away, and Knight pulled him back, hands on his shoulders, then there was one final slap of the shoulder.

"I just told Coach I love him," Krzyzewski said. "I wouldn't be in this position without him. It's a moment shared. I know he's very proud, and I'm very proud to have been somebody who's worked under him and studied him and tried to be like him.

"I'm not sure how many people tell him they love him but I love him for what he's done for me and I thanked him. He said 'Boy, you've done pretty good for a kid who couldn't shoot.' I think that means he loves me too. At least that's how I'm taking that."

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