Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski Announces Retirement
Goodbye, Duke… Hello, NBA.
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Coach Mike Krzyzewski to retire
He may be the greatest college basketball coach not named John Wooden; at worst he is the only coach in the modern era who can rightfully be mentioned in the same breath. The numbers speak for themselves:
- Nearly 800 wins
- 12 ACC Championships
- 18 Sweet 16 Appearances
- 11 Elite 8 Appearances
- 11 Final Four Appearances
- 4 National Championships
He has coached dozens of all americans and NBA players. And he has run a squeaky clean program from day one. But sadly for Duke Blue Devils fans, the Mike Krzyzewski era has come to an end with their epic NCAA Championship to conclude the 2010 college basketball season.
While no formal announcement has been made to date, Coach K is expected to coach the NBA’s New Jersey Nets in the 2010-2011 season, at an estimated $20 million per year.
Many successful college basketball coaches have tried unsuccessfully to make the jump to the NBA, but few have succeeded. The transition from college kids to pampered NBA stars tends to be a hard one. But weather or not he is successful, the man’s legacy is secure. Coach Mike Krzyzewski will go down as one of the best ever.