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Ex-Duke star thinks Mike Krzyzewski could return next season


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Duke men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski ended his illustrious career with a loss to rival North Carolina in the Final Four this weekend.

It was touted as Coach K’s potential last game and tributes poured in after the Blue Devils narrowly fell to the Tar Heels. But on Tuesday, a theory bubbled up about the possibility of Krzyzewski pulling a Tom Brady and not stepping down to return for one more season.

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Duke’s Jay Williams cut his share of the net after beating Arizona 82-72 in the Men’s Final Four Tournament NCAA National Championship game at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The possibility was raised by former Duke star Jay Williams on ESPN Radiosaying he believes there is a “legitimate chance” of it happening.

“It leaves a huge void at Duke. And the question is, who fills that void from a recruiting perspective? And that gets me thinking, which is what I’ve been thinking about a lot since hearing this news (Monday ), is Coach K coming back for another season? One more final season,” Williams said.

Williams focused on the possibility of Duke losing rookies when the keys are handed over to Jon Scheyer, who has been named as Coach K’s successor.

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Ex-Duke star thinks Mike Krzyzewski could return next season

Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the semifinals of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Finals at Caesars Superdome on April 02, 2022 in New Orleans , Louisiana.
(Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

The former guard said Nolan Smith’s decision to leave Duke to become an associate head coach at Louisville could be a factor given the potential relationship Smith has established with top rookies Derek Lively II and Tarik Whitehead.

“…It turns into recruiting battles. It weakens Duke’s grip. If you’re Coach K, how do you strengthen that grip? You come back,” he added.

Williams made it clear he was just speculating at this point.

Krzyzewski said after the match that the emotions he was feeling at the time didn’t matter. He felt more for the players who worked hard to get to the Final Four. He wouldn’t exactly reflect on his Hall of Fame career.

“For these guys, they’ve been a joy. We announced that this would be our last year – I said to my wife, Mickie, listen, we’re going. And I’m going to put it all in. And I’ve a group, they are young, but I think they have a chance,” he said.

Ex-Duke star thinks Mike Krzyzewski could return next season

Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski speaks to the press as Paolo Banchero #5 looks on after losing to the North Carolina Tar Heels 81-77 in the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Semifinals at Caesars Superdome on April 2, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
(Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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“And I was right about that. I was right about that. So every day – we had a few bumps in the road, but they won 32 games. And they turned it around in March where they got been handsome young men to coach. Couldn’t ask for better.



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